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Old 30-01-2011, 14:26   #1
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Estimated Cost, 12-18 Month Circumnavigation in a 40' Cat ?

I'm trying to get a rough idea of the costs involved of a circ over 12-18 months in a Wharram cat (yet to be purchased). The circ would be a fairly leisurely trip visiting the more scenic/pleasant spots.
I already know the costs of living, food etc and boat maintenance so they are not required.

I'm interested in the costs of ports, permits, visas, pilotage and all the other "non essential" ( read bureaucratic) costs.

Obviously this is very variable, but the stopping off points are fairly standardised. A rough estimate is all I'm after for budget planning purposes.
Recent real world experience would be very welcome.

Thanks in advance.

forgot to add I'm from the u.k.
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I'm trying to get a rough idea of the costs involved of a circ over 12-18 months in a Wharram cat (yet to be purchased). The circ would be a fairly leisurely trip visiting the more scenic/pleasant spots.....
12-18 months circumnavigation is not a leisurely trip, it is a screamingly fast trip. Take a look at the sailing directions (Cornell's book) for appropriate times of year and passage lengths. Then see if you can plan out a passage that makes sense for your style of cruising. I seriously doubt it will come up with 12-18-months. Since the time frame is likely to be longer than you plan, the cost will likewise go up. Probably more like 24 to xxx months.

Actual costs for country entries/exist, canal passage etc are so dependent on where you stop and the whim of the port officials. You can look up costs for the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal, if your route takes you to these.
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As posted above, that is a fast trip. At least 7+ moths of sailing if you average 150 nm per day.

As for cost, go to the Noonsite: The global site for cruising sailors site and they list foe wach country all the fees to clear into the country.
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18 months is doable but via red sea,stopping for one max two weeks in all the nice places along the way........24-36 months is over all cheaper as gives you time to fix stuff cheaper and not pay top dollar because you are in a hurry..............
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O.K 12 months does seem a "little" optimistic, so make it 18-24. My fault for putting a time scale in the title.
This is just preliminary research and a rough idea of cost is required for planning purposes.
The recent thread about Chagos charging 200 for a month, made me wonder how many places have charges like this, as this could add a significant amount to the required budget.
Like I said food maintenance etc I can account for, but bureaucracy is a mine field.
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even 24 months is fast, if you want to experence the people,places along the way, why such a hurry?Entrey/custom fees range from $50 to $500 plus bribes in some places
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You 'can't' do 12 months or 24 months. You can 'only' do 18 months, 2 1/2 years etc. The seasons in each area interlock to keep you moving or stop you.

Jimmy Cornels book is good to get the general idea.

My circumnavigation was screamingly fast.... and that was 2 1/2 years.




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Can we please forget the time scale, as it's an arbitrary figure at the moment.
It can be done in under 50 days if you were that way inclined.

The costs involved were the reason for this thread.

Thanks Unicorn Dreams that noonsite has given me a great deal of reading to do.
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Well sure, but if it's only 50 days, then your port fees and visas will likely be $0.

OK, to give you a real answer (and this is based only on my reading and research, not on actual experience mind you) it seems each country is widely varied in what they charge- but if I was to give an average figure of entry costs, I'd say budget about $200 per country. Now how many countries you stop in is up to you....

I'd love to get either some validation or critique from others on my "average".
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