Get a great boat you like and enjoy the heck out of it. come Hawaii passage
time, hire a experienced licensed skipper
for the route
. Then you can enjoy the trip, and have somebody else on watch all night. A good skipper
will know what prep your boat needs to go offshore
if you missed something. Think of it as an offshore passage
making class and the skipper is the teacher. And when you get home, you and your parents knowledge base has jumped up tremendously, and you are rested from a vacation
and once in a lifetime learning
experience rather than a brutal slog with no sleep and massive responsibility.
I have no offshore experience (except for commercial
powered), and no boat. so take my opinion for what it's worth. (very little)
I live in Oxnard. if you decide you want some crew, PM me.