FAQs

  • How Will You Know Where You're Going?
    With GPS offering such accurate positions, we will mostly use GPS to plot our position each hour (otherwise known as taking a round of logs). We have multiple back ups of GPS sources; three GPS plotters and two handheld satellite communicators. We will also bring paper charts to plot our GPS positions on so we will have an ‘analog’ record of where we are and where we will be going. We will also have a backup sextant – in case shit hits the fan.
  • What Type of Emergency Equipment do You Have?
    We hope to never use most of this but we will have:

    • A 4 Person Life Raft
    • Offshore First Aid Kit
    • EPIRB
    • Man Overboard Pole
    • Satellite Phone
    • Ditch Kit
  • What if There is an Emergency?
    The idea is that we prepare enough in advance to minimize the possibility for an emergency to take place. Even still, anything can happen. For the Transpac, the worst case possibility is that something happens half way between Hawaii and the Mainland. At that point, we will be 1,000 miles from Hawaii and 1,000 miles from California. Using a fixed-wing airplane, the Coast Guard can reach about 500 miles out to sea to provide assistance.In other words, for a good portion of the trip we will be on our own. A sobering thought. To combat casualties we will have multiple kits on board. Beside a first aid kit, we will have a damage control kit to combat flooding or holes in the hull. Worst case scenario, we will also have a ditch kit on board that has survival supplies for a trip in the raft while we wait for the Coast Guard to come.
  • Where Will You Sleep?
    Everyone will have a rack to sleep in and keep their personal gear. Depending on the size of the crew, we may need to hot rack (ie, share racks). We have six racks on the boat.
  • What About Storms?
    Preparation goes a long way. We will leave in July for the Transpac to Hawaii. This time of year is generally best for crossing the Pacific so we are are already off to a good start. If we do hit a storm, than we will utilize a few different tactics to keep the boat safe. We can heave-to, run before or utilize a sea anchor. All will depend on the specific situation.
  • Is the Boat Safe?
    Absolutely. It was built in 1975 to the International Offshore Rule and meant to sail offshore. It’s rugged, overbuilt rig and read to go.
  • How Will You Shower?
    Sponge baths.
  • What Will You Eat?
    Normal food. We will have a stove on board and cook with that. One meal a day will be a dehydrated backpacking meal. We will also bring tons of snacks and beer.
  • Tell Me About the Boat
    The boat is a 1975 Morgan 36T, a 1 tonner built to the IOR standard. It’s a racing boat, but comfortable to go long distances in. Specific data on the rig and measurements can be found on sailboatdata.com.