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Old 02-10-2010, 21:21   #1
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Im looking for advice on planning a trip from Vancouver Canada down south to baja Mexico, across to Hawii and then south to prench polynesia. I am aware that the best time to sail from the mainland to Hawii is may-july although I am unsure of the rest. We dont have any time restrictions and are planning on doing plenty of long stops to surf some swell along the way. Any suggestions?
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The weather is going to be your main concern. Cyclone season can start in OZ & NZ as early as Nov. and can last thru Apr. Farther East (PI, Palau & Tiawan) the Typhoons start as early as June and last thru Nov.

And you don't want to stay too late in Mexico. Early as Aug.

So plan your trip around the weather.
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So plan your trip around the weather.
All I can do is echo this. Weather down there can get downright hellish during the wrong seasons, it's not like the PNW's calm, serene patch of the big ocean.
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Old 03-10-2010, 17:54   #4
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Thanks for the info.
When would the winds be favourable to sail south from Hawii to prench polynesia?
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If you are going to Mexico it doesn't make much sense to go to Hawaii en route to Polynesia.Most leave from Jan. to April. Check out the Pacific Puddle Jump website.Save Hawaii for the return trip.
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Save Hawaii for the return trip.
Ditto! You'll want to sail due North from HI to get the favorable current/winds to head inland to get back to BC.

That's if you plan a return.
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The plans are still loose but we might go further.
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How long would you be at sea travling to french polynesia from mexico?
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I recommend that if you have not done so already, you should check Blue water cruising association. There are members in the Nanaimo area that could help. They are a local group that meet regularly in person. There is a chapter in Victoria. My girlfriend and I are members and have found them to be a valuable resource. We are set to leave on a similar path in 4 years.
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You should definitely pick up a copy of World Cruising Routes.
Amazon.com: World Cruising Routes: Companion to World Cruising Handbook: 1000 Routes from the South Seas to the Arctic (9780713687774): Jimmy Cornell: Books

You can probably find and old one in your library. I'm re-reading it right now and it's got all the season guidance you're looking for.
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Sorry. Your route cannot be calculated in advance Other than it will be southerly.

Just go. You can figure it out later. Any bad season, weather-wise, can be avoided with any number of pleasurable diversions along the way.

I was just about to leave Borneo for Palau. But I tore up my favorite genoa so I'm going to hang out in Kudat for more than a few days of sewing and fooling around. And just now, surprise, some cruiser friends showed up and more are on the their way...good thing I hadn't made a real plan....
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Sorry. Your route cannot be calculated in advance Other than it will be southerly.

Just go. You can figure it out later. Any bad season, weather-wise, can be avoided with any number of pleasurable diversions along the way.

I was just about to leave Borneo for Palau. But I tore up my favorite genoa so I'm going to hang out in Kudat for more than a few days of sewing and fooling around. And just now, surprise, some cruiser friends showed up and more are on the their way...good thing I hadn't made a real plan....
And that is a perfect example of lemonade from lemons. It's also a big part of why this lifestyle is so appealing. Get somewhere you like to be, then when you decide to move, it's no big deal if you have to postpone your plans by, oh, a year or two
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If you are headed for Hawaii leave Mexico after 1 February. The first week will be cold and you might be better off approaching from below the Big Island. If you are headed for Marquesas leave Mexico after 1 April.
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Thanks for all the good information guys!
Any advice on what would be a good world cruiser. There will be 3 of us living on board for well over a year. Our price range is from about 60,000 - 90,000 canadian. Im open to ideas.
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If you have no compeliing reason to go to Hawaii, I would suggest you rethink that leg as few attempt the sail against the current and normal wind-flow to sail from Hawaii south. Leave for the South Pacific from PV in Mexico as its more fun to sail downwind than upwind for weeks.
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