Gib is more problematic but once in the Canaries its all good.
My thoughts exactly; the man wants to go east to west, so Dec/Feb's the perfect time to cross; I guess every yacht-club (and forum too) has its bar-stool experts who advise/condemn without ever doing themselves?
Whilst I think Omar's options in obtaining a bareboat charter
might prove very limited, I'd personally be somewhat concerned about any yacht he that could charter. For myself, I'd be very concerned about heading out into the wide blue yonder on a boat I didn't know well, both with regards to sailing it and it's maintenance
problems/history; I guess the delivery
skippers do that all the time, but that's why they earn the big-bucks
When we came across, we'd had our boat little more than a year and I know that I'd have been psychologically if not physically more 'comfortable' on our previous boat, which we'd been sailing for ten years.