We are interested in touring. We will have a 9 year old whose home schooling we hope to enrich greatly by seeing other countries.
What I was trying to say in too few words: Regarding leaving for the S Pacific in May, because of the looming hurricane
season, we wouldn't have time to dawdle in the Bahamas
or Caribbean and we would not have time to get from FL to the Caribbean and then to the canal and then across the S. Pacific before cyclone season begins. To quote Jimmy Cornell in World Cruising Routes: "the Canal should be transited in February or early March. This avoids arriving in the Marquesas
before the end of the cyclone season (December to end of March)." He then goes on to say: "The Society Islands should be left no later than June" (Heck, we wouldn't get there until July).
What I was also trying to say is that we want to have a look around at the countries we visit but if our sailing route
is too ambitious we will see very little.
The purpose of going up the EC to NE is to give us some "practice" miles with short passages, and to shorten the passage
to the Azores. It would also be great to spend a few days in DC and NYC
. I am hoping to move her up the coast prior to May if she is ready sooner.
I'm still doing the math to see how far we can get with various routes. . .I was just posting
to get advice from those who may have done this route
, at that time of year.
As a more leisurely alternative, I suppose we could just go over to the Bahamas
until mid June, then tour the East Coast the rest of the summer, then go to the Caribbean in the late fall, and proceed from there. Sounds delightful.
Of course, this could all change. "Man plans, God laughs"