July is getting near to the middle of the hurricane
season although historically the early part of the season - June to August sees storms originating in the western Caribbean
basin and then traveling north and east. Around August to October the storms generally originate in the eastern Atlantic and travel west and curve northward such that they track anywhere from the Windward Islands
to Leeward Islands
to the east coast
of the USA and also Bermuda
- - But all of this is just statistical - Mother Nature is not one to adhere very strictly to statistics and can throw storms at you from anywhere and anytime that she wishes.
- - So July has a reasonable "chance" of being okay for moving from Puerto Rico
to Florida. Since non-stop it is almost a week of sailing, you are really exposing yourself unless you have onboard the communications equipment
to continually monitor
the forecasts of potential storm activity.
- - If you chose to stop along the route
you are looking at almost a month underway including stops for weather
- - As to shipping
the boat to Australia
is a bit off the main road for doing that. Miami
and Ft Lauderdale are the two primary locations where boat shipping
companies operate. Also there is Road Town in the B.V.I.'s for shipping and that is a lot closer. You have to Google
"yacht shipping" and communicate with the yacht shipping companies to see when and where they have vessels heading west to Australia.
- - However, Jacksonville and specifically the Green Cove Springs area - up the river and inland is a good place to hide from storms while in Florida. There are also other areas further north.
- - You can go to: Unisys Weather
and look at the historical data of where Atlantic Storms have tracked for the last 15 years or so. But what happened in the past is no guarantee of what will happen in the future. It is only an indication.