Thanks for the advice in this thread.
I have completed the purchase
of the boat. It is a 50 foot Ketch
built in Nova Scotia
in 1964. I have spent the last 5 weeks working on her including repairing the hull
(totally stripped back to bare wood), epoxy
resin along the keel
and deadwood and garboard, painting and antifouling. No leaks
now even though it was out of the water
for 13 days.
I still have engige problems - self proclaimed experts out there that really do not have the experience - oh well, you live and learn.
I will be returning to puerto Vallarta
in early January to finally prepare the boat and sea trial her.
The courses suggested by all of you sound good and I have not seen anything yet to dissuade me from doing the voyage.
I guess I will probably go for the Panama - Cuba
- Bermuda - UK route.
Some island hopping in between and waiting for weather
windows etc. shold see me returning to UK late June or early July and departing Mexico at the end of Feb or early March.
Over the next week or two I will be posting
other emails in various areas asking for advice on Nav, stores, safety
, spares etc.
I would much rather ask a daft question than just assume that I know the answer!
I have learnt a lot about buying
and owning a boat in Mexico over the last couple of months and I will put that knowledge into writing sometime this month - hopefully it will help others. There are real bargains to be had but there are also MANY pitfalls.