Trying to brainstorm all of the options for spending multiple seasons in the S Pacific. My ideas thus far fall into a few categories.
Sail out of the hurricane zone by November toward the North
, Line Islands. Problems
: needing to exit French Polynesia
prior to the end of our 3 month visa (for at least 3 months before returning), and how far West can you go into the S Pacific before getting to Hawaii
under sail (rather than motor) become problematic. Samoa
doesn't sound terribly fun for 5 months.
Sail out of the hurricane zone by November toward the South/West
: New Zealand
: What is the return
sail to the S Pacific like? Don't know enough about the routing either of dipping South or working the top of a low pressure system.
Leave the boat in the hurricane zone on the hard
. Risk the boat, but not our bodies. Increased cost of dual locations.
Forget the idea and continue around and come back on the second pass "around"
Would love to hear other ideas from anyone or would love to hear first hand experiences (or links to accounts of first hand experiences) from boats that have done one of the above.
Caveat: We don't have the inclination or the tankage for engine-based passagemaking.