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Old 03-08-2013, 14:33   #1
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Where Would you Sail if you had a Year to Sail, no More?

Hi all,

This is not a question of immediate significance, more as a way to organize my research and imagination, as my other thread is basically how should I learn to sail, but at some point soonish my family will be able to take a full year off, and we would like to sail for that year. We are looking for interesting, tropical style vacation/living, so basically the Caribbean or the south pacific.

Where would you go for easy, pleasant sailing of a year duration? This could either be a loop or one way.

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west coasdt mexico has year round sailing..hide in a mangrove for 2-4 days a few times in spring--june---then play until sept, then again sail in nov--but between storms is awesome in banderas bay --year round sailing, truth, there....even during furycame bud, folks were sailing comfortably inside banderas bay. cheap to live unless you go to la cruz marina......
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Depends on your definition of easy...
I'd like to do the Atlantic loop... N Caribbean - Azores - Madeira - Canaries - Cap Verde - Barbados - S Caribbean.... March to March..
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US to AUS.

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I would love to do that, care to elaborate on ideal itinerary? any specific times of year best for departure? I should have mentioned it will be a June launch or so.
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Hi all,

This is not a question of immediate significance, more as a way to organize my research and imagination, as my other thread is basically how should I learn to sail, but at some point soonish my family will be able to take a full year off, and we would like to sail for that year. We are looking for interesting, tropical style vacation/living, so basically the Caribbean or the south pacific.

Where would you go for easy, pleasant sailing of a year duration? This could either be a loop or one way.

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Wander around the Caribbean and end up in Antigua.
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I would love to do that, care to elaborate on ideal itinerary? any specific times of year best for departure? I should have mentioned it will be a June launch or so.
Most cruisers leaving Panama and Mexico wait to leave closer to when the trade winds arrive - March or April. However, anytime after the end of the cyclone season is doable - January onward.
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Reason I did not pick the S Pacific was the time limit... I'd want at least 5yrs to enjoy it... 12 months is not enough after my 'taster' last year...
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Regarding itenerary, if you visit places you are enjoying as long as your visa permits - allways keeping your eye on when you should arrive in Australia - say October - before onset of the stormy season/cyclones - your itinerary should naturally fall in place.
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Reason I did not pick the S Pacific was the time limit... I'd want at least 5yrs to enjoy it... 12 months is not enough after my 'taster' last year...
I agree, but it can sometimes be a challenge obtaining visa extensions - particularly in Tahiti. Although there may be some cruisers who bash east to west, returning to previous landfalls, typically most keep moving westward. Perhaps b. will suggest how remaining in the South Pacific for 5 years is done.
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I agree, but it can sometimes be a challenge obtaining visa extensions - particularly in Tahiti. Although there may be some cruisers who bash east to west, returning to previous landfalls, typically most keep moving westward. Perhaps b. will suggest how remaining in the South Pacific for 5 years is done.
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It is good to dream. BUT. You haven't even been on a boat yet, you may get extremely sea sick and not like it. Learn to sail first get on a few boats and count your blessings. You are a long way from planning ocean crossings with your family. It is not like "Captain Ron" or in the movies. It can be cold, wet and at times terrifying. I have seen lots of people go sailing for one day and never come back to do it again. Also I have seen others that have been totally addicted for it will be one of the highlights of your life. If you and your family are one of the latter, then all you will then need is a lot of time and money with a sense of adventure and a dash of insanity. Good luck.
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There you are. All cruisers are not treated equally, especially if your American, your government has pissed off at least half of the world and countries 'reciprocate' by assessing high fees equal to what the U.S. will charge.

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There you are. All cruisers are not treated equally, especially if your American, ourgovernment has pissed off at least half of the world and countries 'reciprocate' by assessing high fees equal to what the U.S. will charge.

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