Throughout the preparation for this adventure, we have been asked a lot of questions. Here below is a list of questions and answers:
Q: What do you do at night?
A: We sail! The other options would be to drop an anchor but the Pacific is very deep (more than 10,000 ft) or stop at a motel but this time of the year all the motels we have seen have “No Vacancy” signs.
Q: It looks like crossing the Pacific Ocean on a small sailboat is very dangerous. Aren’t you scared?
A: This is all relative. Driving a car is dangerous. We try to be careful with the boat and the crew.
Q: Where do you buy fuel?
A: This blog is about sailing to Hawaii.
Q: What is the worst thing that can happen?
A: Hitting a half-submerged object.
Q: What would you do if this happened?
A: If the boat started to sink, we would launch the life raft and activate our EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon)
Q; How do you update the blog when at sea?
A: We use either a modem connected to a short wave radio (free but not 100% reliable) or use a satellite phone connection (expensive but relatively reliable)
Q: What do you do all day long?
A: We sail the boat, we sleep, we eat and we repair the boat. Some do other things such as reading, writing, fishing, talking on the ham radio bands
Q: How long is the trip supposed to take?
A: With a boat our size, it should take about 14 to 16 days but this is an average. In our case, we were without wind for about 3 days
Q: What about hurricanes?
A: There are no hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean, only cyclones! Cyclones never reach the coast of California and only very rarely reach Hawaii. Coming from the north the chance of meeting a cyclone is minuscule. In any case, there are no tropical storms currently forming further south so a cyclone is not on our agenda.
Q: Why are you doing this?
A: Why not?
Q: Really? Are you out of your mind?
A: May be!