Yes, good plan, go for it, although don't think that if you have kids
you can't go, we met lots of families doing it and they were all well-educated and very happy kids. I actually think it would be better with them than without - would you rather grow up with parents who did some cool stuff in the past, or who took you along on their cool-stuff while you were growing up?
Things you will need:
1. SSB radio
or satphone and modem
- EVERYONE uses these for getting weather
reports - there really is no other way in lots of the islands of the South Pac
to interface with it
4. Good snorkelling gear
is a good idea - I'd recommend a hard-dinghy too that can take a small sailing rig.
6. One of the biggest issues that people have when cruising through the SP is power. The fewer power drains you have and the more solar panels
, tow generators and wind
generators you have, the better. Think also about if you can fit LED masthead lights and cabin
lights. This will make a big difference.
7. Make sure you have a backup autopilot
8. Backup rudder
(not just a backup tiller) - I would not do another ocean crossing
11. Guitar & harmonicas (really)
12. A very good library of books
you have always wanted to read - you get a LOT of time for this.
13. Fishing gear
14. Really good tools and service
items - filters, oil, fibreglass, SPARE SHACKLES, SPARE RUNNING RIGGING
- lots of them you won't get parts
in most of the places you're going
15. Super-powerful directional wifi antenna
- you will thank me for this one!
17. Egg-timer for night-watches
Keep the kerosene stove and get some diesel
jets for it. When everyone else runs out of propane
and is messing about trying to transfer it from bottle to bottle just so they can make a cup of tea or cook their supper, you'll be laughing. The supply chain through the islands for LPG often runs out during yachtie season.
If you have space, take some bikes.
Booze: strictly speaking, when you arrive somewhere with booze, you either pay tax on it and drink it, or it is bonded and checked when you leave. I think you're allowed a little for personal use, but not much. Boats with massive amounts of booze on board can have it all confiscated or bonded etc... most people don't drink much through Polynesia at least because the beer
& wine is a) **** and b) stupidly expensive.
One of the most intelligent approaches to this was to home-brew on board, or smoke weed instead, if you can't find where to score just ask a boat with a maple-leaf hanging off the back!!
There really aren't any marinas
to speak of, you will spend most, if not all of your time on the hook.