Your real problem will be getting a seaworthy
boat to start with. There aren't as many boats for sale
there as in Mexico
, or NZ, or Aus. But every boat will have something to fix/change and it will be MUCH more expensive and time-consuming in any of the islands. Fiji probably the easiest for that.
But you might luck out and find a dream boat, well founded and maintained in good condition. But I have seen very few boats, anywhere including the US, where I didn't want to change something before going off. Since you have sailed out there you know how important it is to have critical stuff work.
This is an isolated case, but one we had personal experience with. In 2006, we set off from Mexico
in March just as many other do, bound for the Marquesas
. One very pretty boat, in the low 40's size, had a real inexperienced owner/skipper, who happened to be female but that is neither here nor there, since we have seen mostly very competent female skippers. But this person was a recluse, stubborn, and set on doing what she wanted to do. The rest of us had weekly meeting to plan everything, set up radio
nets, etc. She avoided all of that and never did anyone ever get on her boat so no one knew for sure what condition it was in. But she was obviously not the most experienced, nor competent, skipper
we have run across.
She advertised for crew and ended up with a very frail, geriatric, guy who seemed to be a novice
. Never got to know him either as he came pretty close to when she took off. They took off in front of everyone by several days, without any other boats for company. None of us had a good feeling about it. That was a well founded concern as she had problems all the way to Tahiti. She had boat problems, crew problems, and she upset some people she begged to help and then screwed them over. I will skip the details but it comes up in conversation with other cruisers we still keep in touch with.
Long story, almost short. She got the boat on the hard
in Tahiti. I forget the name of the boatyard. They had a bit of a dicey reputation but for all I know they may have been very competent. She left the country at some point and never paid the yard for whatever work was done. They later sold it to a group of physicians from Oz. They intended to sail her through the islands to Oz, stopping at various places for short whiles. Boats are very expensive in Australia
so they probably got a tremendous deal on this boat.
They disappeared a few hundred miles between Vanuatu
. No one to this day knows what happened. Was it because the boat had a problem? Was the skipper
and crew up to the task? Did they hit a container or something? To my knowledge they just disappeared. I am saying this as a caution to be very diligent in selecting a boat. It will be expensive for you to fly out to Polynesia to look at one or two boats. You will be tempted to buy one to justify the expense, saying "it'll be right mate". You should only go knowing that the boats you look at may not work for being out there. Most passages, as you know, are in the 10 day range, so your boat, and your knowledge of the boat is important.
Good luck. I believer you might do it and be safe. If it were me, I would consider looking in Mexico where there are far more boats and easier (not easy) access to services and parts
. If it were me, I would sail the boat for a season in Mexico (Nov-Mar) and then make the call whether the boat is ready for pushing off to the Marquesas. It is a long passage
but not really that hard, if the boat is up for it.
Or take up matauwhi
's suggestion in the previous post. You can find very good boats in NZ or Oz, where many cruisers end their journeys. Most don't try to sell their boats along the way. In the other islands it is tough to find buyers for all the reasons I mention, and you have far fewer boats to look at.