I have considered several times a cruise up the coast to Tomales Bay. Without radar and with a boat not really up to par for ocean sailing, I have used my better judgement and not made the leap. You can make a lot of mistakes and be fine on the bay. On the ocean, it's a whole different ballgame and a boat failure could be the end. But that does not mean you can't get out there if you have the time and the boat to do it. One skipper did it recently and took his family on big portions of the trip up and down the coast for a 1400 mile adventure. He basically bought a boat, took some lessons, fixed her up and went sailing. And loved it! The website he put together is impressive. If you ever needed a push out the door on your way to the cruising lifestyle, this is it. Please head over to the site, be warned, you may end up way past your bedtime reading this wonderful account of making your sailing dreams come true. Go here.