Hitchhiking on a sailboat is one of the most dangerous opportunities. It can
be fun, but it can be terrifying. You have to very carefully research the
boat and its captain. Some captains are all talk and little experience. The
portrayal of the sailboat captain in the movie, The Perfect Storm, is not
uncommon. Find someone who has done a transAtlantic or transPacific race and
get some tips. Find other crew members, buy them several beers and get the
low down on the boat and the skipper. People who seem competent on land are
often a different story at sea. I have delivered several boats on the U.S.
east coast and I have seen boat owners lose it at sea. It is not a pretty
sight. Having said that, if you have a good deal of tolerance, a great deal
of patience and an unending sense of self preservation, go do it. It is an
experience well worth it.