Sailing to Hawaii.

Sailing to Hawaii is a great passage to a beautiful island. Good weather, good winds, and mild seas from California make it a great tropical adventure.

   Sailing westward from Southern California to Hawaii is a great passage to make. Some really great  island destinations are Hilo, La Hina, or Honolulu. And the warm summer months are the best time for the passage. Good weather, favorable winds, and calm seas make it an enjoyable voyage.

   Virtually any well found sail boat can do the trans pac to Hawaii in the summer. It really does not matter the rig. Sloop, cutter, ketch or schooner. As long as the boat is well maintained, well crewed and well stocked the passage should be uneventful. And the beautiful tropical  scenery, nice people, and warm weather make Hawaii a vacation paradise well worth the voyage. The average cruising sailboat will be able to make the outward bound passage in three to four weeks.

   Be sure and update your charts, swing your compasses, and check your standing and running rigging. Take along lots of batteries for radios, flashlights, and your satellite based cell phone. If possible take along a spare GPS and spare hand held VHF radio. I like the VHF that has both a high and low power transmit option.

   Just in case, some candles are a good idea in case of emergency. And of course include both hand held flares and rocket flares with a good flare gun. And make sure that the crew is comfortable with the life vests. They should fit well and not hamper movement about the deck.

   I regard irridium satellite cell phones as a must nowdays. They are relatively cheap to rent, and at the completion of the passage you can mail or fed ex them back to San Diego. I used All Road Communications last voyage to Hawaii. Be sure and put in the San Diegeo Sector, US Coastguard phone number, and also the Hawaii Sector phone number at Honolulu Hawaii. And for convenience write your cell phone number on a piece of paper and scotch tape it to the back of the cell phone.

   If you need to call the coast guard they will want to know your number so they can call you back in case of emergency. And when you call them, have your emergency position indicating radio beacon handy. Have it's serial number handy because they will want it. And they will probably have you activate it so they can lock on to it. Then they will tell you to turn it off to save the battery.

    Consider taking along a choice of both British Admirlaty charts and American charts. BA charts are the most up to date and are used by most commerical ships. I strongly reccommend pilot books also.

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