Originally Posted by snowyegret222
Awesome Cake. Yes, the Defender can be somewhat stiff but she's a solid little boat and so easy to sail. She's in the water, I am living on her now getting used to living in a small space.
To the other question about our route to New Zealand. It depends on when I leave. I'm traveling with my two dogs. I just moved here from Hawaii and they still have all their Hawaii records which are good until 2013. I'm hoping with the Hawaii records, New Zealand won't quaranteen my dogs. I'm hoping to leave and get to NZ before their records expire.
We will probably sail down the coast to Chili then head
across to the Marquessas and on and on. Not sure really. Got any ideas?
Given their fragile ecosystems both NZ and Oz have implimented the most draconian importation restrictions on animals
(pets included) in the world.
Don't count on your HA records counting for much if anything. My reading is that there are a whole slew of tests and treatments that need to be done within the last year before arrival. See links below for where I got my info. If things go well you can quartantine the dog for 30d after arrival, on your dime. Option 2 is bonding ($1000) the dog on your boat. The boat is required to be anchored out in the same port of entry for the entire stay, officials visit the boat at least weekly to check, on your dime again, the dog is not allowed off the boat. Violations would forfeit the bond and possibly other unmentionable consequences. Option 3 involves quarantine for length of visit. Option 4 is unmentionable.
The cost is going to run to the thousands of dollars.
MAF - Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. A New Zealand Government Department.
Your Pets | MAF Biosecurity New Zealand
Dogs and cats arriving on a yacht | MAF Biosecurity New Zealand
Importing Dogs and cats on yachts from specified countries | MAF Biosecurity New Zealand
The time horizon for our trip is 8-10yr, gives the kids
time to be old enough to get more out of it and to have learned a little bit of caution. The dog we have will have died by then, no replacements
til we return. The cat may still be alive. If so, don't know what we'll do, I'm rather attached to the little trouble maker.
Route-wise you will want to start down the coast March or April at the latest. Past about Costa Rica
you will be in the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, very light winds punctuated with squalls til you get past Equador. Better option might be to go to SA via Galapogos or Marquesas
. I haven't really researched this much.
Our route is going to be Marquesas
, maybe Fiji
, NZ. Layover 4mo in NZ for south Pacific
typhoon season, Australs, Tahiti
, HA, CA.
My wife's sabbatical won't start til late June so we will be leaving late for the Marquesas, we should leave March/April to avoid tropical storm season in the north Pacific
. It may be that I go early with the kids and a friend and she catches up. In the Marquesas we will be near the tail end of the weather
window so we son't be able to daddle, though I don't think we will be rushed either. Once we get to Samoa
we should be in the early/middle part of the weather
window with wiggle room.
I would suggest 'World Cruising Routes' by Jimmy Cornell ($50ish), 'Ocean Passages of the World' by British Admiralty ($100ish), and the appropriate Atlas of Pilot Charts
by NGA (free download at Maritime Safety Information
, or hard copy for $60ish N&S Pacific)
It's a bit of money
but I would get both books
, and use them together, they have complimentry info. On a shoestring get an older edition of Cornell's book, and get BA chart 5308, world sailing ship routes.
SeaOcean Book Berth in Ballard is the best source for used nautical books
in Seattle, and Captain's Nautical Supply is the best chart source on the West Coast
. On-line may be cheaper than both of these.
I find that working backwards along my route works best to figure out timing. I looked up the distances for the major legs, assumed a 100mi/day speed and used a spreadsheet to calculate arrival and departure dates and passage
times. If you want I can send you the sheet and you can modify to suit.
The NGA also has a bunch of other downloads of very useful publications at Maritime Safety Information