Been there done that. I sailed my boat from San Francisco
via the Panama Canal
when I moved. Thought I would take the money
and have a cruise
with the money
I would pay a trucker. Some learnings:
1. PriceCheck your price
with a boat hauler. Maybe the recession has lowered the price
, but several years ago it would have cost 10-15 K to have my Tartan 37 hauled that distance.
2. Time: Pretty sure you can't do it in a month. I waited 2 weeks to get through the Panama
Canal--check with the wait now going East to West (which is less than the other way). They make yachts wait. Also, it is about 6000 miles of travel and I doubt if you have a boat that can make 200 mile days every day for 30 days. You will see nothing of the countries. You have to wait for weather
windows because there are places like the Gulf of Tejuantepec where you will need a window (I waited 10 days there) or face 70 winds and unimaginable seas.
and Cruising are two different things: I used to deliver boats from Mexico
back to San Francisco
and we just put the hammer down and toughed it out for 8 days--and swore we would never do it again, but did--I was young. Brutal godawful boring obnoxious work. Days of motoring. Not fun. Cruising is about taking your time and seeing the sights and enjoying yourself in anchorages
sampling the cutures of other countries. The two are completely different things--I tried to combine them by making my trip over two winters (you can't be sailling during summer hurricane
season) and basically I was rushing through every nice place and I spent 8 months in transit.
4. Costs: By the time you ready your boat (you will need to replace stuff and make repairs
, make the trips back to the US for parts
and for the summer to avoid hurricanes you will have spent far more than 10K on air fare, canal fees
, port fees
, and wear and tear on your boat.
5. Skill: Make a trip with a delivery
crew to get experience and see what deliveries are all about.
Suggestion-- ship the boat if you want it on the East Coast
or take multiple years to make the trip if you wish to cruise