It's a great concept
. Most of the trip would be fun. Your calculations are good. But... Don't forget crew costs... That might make your equation tip the other way. In my book there are amazing boats to be had in nz. A lot of cold mounded kauri boats well designed for those waters. I did a fair bit of sailing in nz. Hauraki, Nelson, Tauranga, and Wellington. 25 knots is nominal in Wellington.... Benes are designed for fun in fair weather
-- lots of freeboard so the boat sails
in little wind
and has huge space below. I would not take such a boat to nz unless you will only plan to sail it around bay of islands.
Dashew's book on heavy weather
handling is excellent reading as they detail some of the aspects of making that specific last leg to nz. The interviews and first hand stories of tens of yachts that made it through the same weather system where a bunch of boats were lost
and many lives thrown away.... Excellent reading. And reading those stories, the boats that stayed out at Minerva reef fared worse. The best option sometimes is to punch through at high speed. This is why enough fuel
is key... For that leg.
I also have an ericson
and love these boats. You can get a 35 fairly cheap
it.... Compared to nenes those boats sail amazingly well and are very fast. The latter ones were built by pacific seacraft
. Read web chiles book however. He took a 37 ericson
the long way to nz... And his recent trip in a 21 foot sports boat is also worth reading about. He did get some rough weather before he got to nz... Also Chris Williams recently took a 32 ericson from la to Hawaii
and back its a YouTube video worth seeing if only for the video itself.
If I were to do what you are proposing it would be in a 35-38 foot. Maybe the Catalina 38
. Still a cheap
boat. You can decently refit
it and have enough money
to pay the duty etc.
I have a quick question for those that might know about nz gst and duty: If a nz citizen brings a boat they purchased in the USA and they owned for a number of years in the USA - does that change the duty equation when binging it to be registered in nz? Also is the gst imposed on the purchase price
? (If that were the case one can buy cheap and refit...)
Good luck. Please keep us posted. It's an interesting concept
and if you end up doing it it would be worth hearing about the sort of weather you get during your autumn or spring passage