A Hunter 36 is not a blue water
boat. Its thin hulled production boat with a bolt on keel
and a spade rudder
. I notice you didn't say Hunter 360 or Hunter 356, which might indicate a newer boat. Although none of them are "blue water" vessels, IMHO, which is likely why the owner wants someone else to move his boat instead of sailing it himself.
The captain may seem like a terrific guy and have tons of references
. But once you get out there, people change. They get tired, sea sick, bored, cranky, hungry, lonely and angry. This happened to me. The skipper/owner was friend I had known for a while. I jumped at the chance to cross the atlantic with him. But once we were off the coast of Morocco
, his wife called on the sat phone
to tell him she was leaving him, and would not be there when he came back. Well, as you can imagine, the skipper
went rather nuts, and took out his anger on his crew. What could have been a great trip turned into a nightmare. However, the boat was a 1972 Swan 48 that had a recent refit
including new engine
, rig, and electronics
. It had a deep, full keel
and a thick hull
with well supported rudder
. So I was confident the boat would make it across, at the very least.
You would be committing to a very big trip on an unknown boat with an unknown person. If your daughter asked if she could go...would you let her?
The owner should be looking at sailing from Hawaii to the mainland, maybe even BC along the usual route
, in the proper season. From there the boat can be hauled out and loaded on a truck for the rest of the trip to Florida
. Another option would be to sell the boat in Hawaii, and buy another, similar boat in Florida