Solo sailing Los Angeles to Hawaii on 23ft boat



This video documents my trip from Los Angeles to Hawaii. I spent 27 days alone at sea aboard my small Ranger 23 sailboat.

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46 comments

  1. Tim Teplow (sp?) did this trip with a Potter 19 trailer sailor! A Montgomery 15 did this trip and the sailor said “boring” lol

    Nice job sir. I am planning this trip in 2025 on my 17’ er.

  2. Sam,
    I LOVE your debate at 0:32:59, it reminds me of the saying, "there are two types of sailors, those who are afraid when they can't see land & those who are afraid when they can see land"!
    Your video reminded me of my crossing from San Fransico to Hawaii in the 1996 Pacific Cup Race, aboard the good ship "Moonshadow" – Deerfoot 2-62", Thank you!!! Fair Winds & calm seas ~~~~

  3. The scopalene patch behind the ear are amazing. I had part of my skull removed and my brain was covered partly by skin and I would get sick riding in a car in just 30minutesuntil I was given that h behind the ear. It was like a miracle.

  4. I appreciate people like Sam. I know I’ll never do this because I’d be over it by the end of the first day, but I can live vicariously through a crazy human being. It also makes me appreciate what my Dutch ancestors went through while sailing to America in the late 1600’s. That must have sucked. Lol.

  5. Very interesting. You sailed to Hawaii on a boat the same length as Robin Lee Graham navigated around the globe. I can't even imagine in my wildest dreams…. Do you prefer the very small boats or is it generally more comfortable/comforting to sail a 30+ft vessel?

  6. Can you let us know how you sleep at night? Drop anchor, drift or keep sails up with auto pilot, run engine with auto pilot etc. I think that would freak me out and I would never get any sleep.

  7. I know you have safety lines and your boat is stopped, but you def have to have balls to jump off your boat in the middle of the ocean potentially hundreds of miles from the nearest person. Although I'm sure I too would be diving in head first after a week without a shower.

  8. my dad single handed a home built a 40' tri maran into hilo from sandeago he said it was 28 days of sitting naked on the deck playing banjo for the fishes

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