Originally Posted by sneuman
Point taken. Many people in that category would love to spend 10-20 years circumnavigating, but only have a budget
for a few years. Reality doesn't quite square with the dream.
Totally understandable. Different strokes and all that. And of course I am totally and completely biased towards the South Pacific.
So how about some paradigm challenges - Here are some of mine...
South Pacific - Thousands of warm inexpensive interesting places to visit. Places with natives who will still almost trade
stuff for beads. So many anchorages
and isolated places you can't get through them in a lifetime of cruising. Albeit tougher to maintain a boat - supply chain is thin and long for parts
however the labor force is "creative" and cheap
Sidebar - I am a bit of a WWII buff - I want to explore the Coral Sea
, Truk Lagoon
, the Soloman's - Imagine at night I am a Japanese supply ship evading JFK's PT boat. Beleaguered Marines on Guadalcanal watching the US supply fleet leave as the superior Japanese fleet drives them away. My dad was based in New Guinea and Rabaul. What the hell was that like in 1943/44?
- "Americas" Disneyland of cruising. Commercialized in many respects. Stereotypical "parrot head" cruising. Expensive. Maintaining a boat is relatively easy as the world's biggest warehouse (USA) is about 100 miles away.
Central & South America
- Need to do your homework. Bureaucracy and pockets of serious crime. I've visited Rio (and South Central LA) - You gotta know where you can go and where you can't both night and day. Coastal cruising. Probably similar boat maintenance
challenges as the Pacific.
(West Side) - Changed a lot since the 60's-70's - A lot more commercial
. "Gringoland" for America's boomer retirees and the Left Coasters.
The Med - Europe's boating
Disneyland - Super expensive. Beautiful overcrowded destinations.
North Africa / Gulf States - Forget it... Life's too short.
North & South of the 50's - Who cares? Too freakin' cold