By Matt Claiborne
The size of the boat isn’t the most critical factor when sailing across the Pacific. The size of the boat will factor into your comfort onboard and the number of supplies and other people that you can take along.
Make and maintenance
Safety of the vessel
Sailors departing the Americas for the South Pacific often stop in Hawaii or the Galapagos Islands before visiting the Marquesas, depending on the ultimate destination, time of year, and prevailing winds and currents.
Diesel inboards offer reliability, safety, and maneuverability but come with higher cost and complexity compared to cheaper, simpler outboards.
When sailing back to North America from the South Pacific, most take a circuitous route stopping in Hawaii instead of sailing directly east due to prevailing winds and currents.