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Old 01-04-2010, 10:19   #1
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California to Malaysia ?

Hi everyone, Just wondering approximatly how long it would take sailing directly from Southern California to Malaysia would take. I know there are a bazzilion variables involved, but just trying to get a ballpark figure if sailing a well provizioned blue water cruiser, say a 40ft Hans Christian. Reason why I'm asking is I would like to avoid the 20K plus USD involved to have it transported, and I only have two months during July and August to get from here to there...........Thanks for any educated opinions
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Well, you are going the downhill direction, 10000 miles. Common cruising rule of thumb is average speed of 4kts. Maybe more since its downwind. Maybe less because that's a slow boat. So 2500 hours. 100 days. A true cruiser would stop along the way...
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Exackery 10,000 miles by quick calclation too! Downwind.

At 5.5kts = 75 days. Need some fuel for top of Borneo down to Singapore. I stopped it at Singapore.

I'm sure you could nip off a few days here or there.

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You must allow yourself time to beat the monsoons. Leave the US in March or April. 75 days at sea sounds about right. If you are headed for the West side of Malaysia then you must hug the coast once you pass Singapore. Pirates lurk the straits of Malacca.
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If you are headed for the West side of Malaysia then you must hug the coast once you pass Singapore. Pirates lurk the straits of Malacca.
No they don't

and if you hug the coast you will end up in nets
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No they don't

and if you hug the coast you will end up in nets

Really ?

Piracy in the Strait of Malacca - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Piracy in the Straits is yesterday's news--see Live Piracy Map for the lastest hotspots.

I would be more worrried about cyclones than pirates. If you can't get all the way to Malaysia, think about getting as far as Darwin and storing the boat until you can move it the rest of the way.
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I' definitly with Bewitched on here.
Malacca Straits we fine without a pirate to be seen. But the nets/pots fishing things! Boy-oh-boy! If you want to run through a fishing fleet of 100 boats all with nets just go to the Malacca straits!

We had friends coast hopping and they are still there stck with netted props, now gathering dust about their skeletons....

We went right on the edge of the shipping lane and that wasnt good enough! they had pots INTO and accross the shipping lanes! we were about 300 meters into the lanes and were still dodging the whole time.
So take it from Bewitched... if you don't want to be swimming your prop in the Malacca straits then get off shore and go with the big boys!


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