We are also looking for trip advice.
My wife and I and two small children
are planning a three month cruise
. We purchased a used Fountaine Pajot
in April and have spent most of the summer doing day trips and a few overnights practicing for our big trip but have been going back and forth on deciding how to proceed.
First I must mention this is our first sailing boat and have limited experience but have had little trouble so far with navigating the boat on short trips within a hundred miles from home. Our hope is to do our three month cruise
in one of two ways and destinations. First thought was to sail from our North Florida
home south to St. Pete then to Miami
and cross gulf stream
and down the thornless path and on to Puerto Rico
and BVI's and at the end of the line have someone else bring the boat back for us as we only have three months.
Our second choice was to have the boat delivered to BVI or St.Thomas and start our trip there and make the reverse of the same itinerary. Our travel dates were starting in mid February and finishing mid May.
First is three months enough time to make this trip or are we being too ambitious? Should we shorten the trip and have the boat delivered each way?
And second which direction is safer or easier route
at that time of year?.