We're planning on spending some time up in the Pacific Northwest (and Alaska). The plan is to head north from San Diego in May and spend two years exploring. Our boat is a just-rebuilt 54' LOD/ 68' LOA Crocker schooner with a 125 hp Cummins B5.9-M engine (with only 30 hours on it --all put on since our re-launch in April of this year).
The May date is purely based on that's the earliest we think we'll have both the people and the boat in good order for a lengthy passage.
Originally, because we have a cat aboard and didn't want to deal with Hawaii's rabies quarantine laws for pets (If we chose to spend some time in Hawaii once there), we thought we'd just beat up the west coast harbor hopping as need be. Now, we've learned that Hawaii has just (October 2009) changed their quarantine laws to something very reasonable (5 days or less if your pet meets particular criteria) so we're considering that route as a seriously good way to go--seems to be less stress on us and on the boat.
Have any of you made this trip via Hawaii? Or by beating/motoring up the coast? Or BOTH? What are your impressions of each?
Thanks for the input.