Seeking advice on passage
making. Hoping to leave the BVI in January for a 2-3 month stay in the French Islands. It would seem that as the distance to destination
increases, the point of sail becomes easier. The passage
to St. Martin is about 80 miles, or 10-12 hours if the winds are not too strong. Heading for the French Islands further south becomes a 2 day trip, but might allow a more comfortable reach. I have made the passage to St. Martin, but in the spring with light winds; I think we made a midnight departure, and had an easy motorsail. Has anyone done this in winter?
Also asking about crew. The commodore has made it clear she will fly and wait in a hotel
while I move the boat. Is it advisable to pick up crew in the BVI? I assume I would be responsible to for their return airfare. However, I am skeptical about sailing with strangers. Paying travel for family
and friends to fly down and back will become cost prohibitive. Any suggestions?
The boat is a 41’ Jeanneau
that is set up for chartering in the BVI. Thinking about mounting the dinghy
to the transom.