I have been reading the forum for a few month now want to say hello and start getting some advise from my elder yachtsman.
My name is Dominic an my wife and I are in the planning stages for our two year plus voyage around the world. I have a construction company and have been quite successful in the past few years. We have decided to sell most of our properties (we have 4 rentals, 8 apts) and take the money
and go on an adventure while we are still young.
We were in the process of buying
land to build a house and start our farmstead. ( we like off grid living,not trusting this fragile world economy) But at this point we both realize that if we build and settle and have children
we probably will never get to see the world in a way that is truly stress free and relaxed.
So this is where you all come in. Please give us your thoughts and advise as to how our plan looks to your experienced eyes. We recognize that we could spend our entire lives spending months and months in each port but we do eventually (at this point anyway) want to build and have a small homestead to raise a family
FIRST- Our boat we want to buy is beneteau
373 two state room with storage
room for supplies. (nothing is in stone so advise is welcome)
is around 200k to 250k with upgrades.
Our spending budget
is 135k (Savings) with our monthly income
from our one property we will keep of $1300 a month $15,600 a year
We will be travelling with our dog so we like the room the over 40 footers have. ( we realize the extra customs
hassle of traveling with pets
and are prepared as much as we could be)
We both have are taking the ASA
full sailing school
coarse and have a friend with a 31 foot boat that we have been enjoying day sails
This is our schedule as we see it now. ( this is a very rough estimate)
November: Depart from philadelphia and sail to orlando (disney with family)
December:arrive in miami
December: to end of March sail around bahamas
and see as much as we can spending a few days here and there taking our time if we want to stay
March/April: Make the crossing of the Atlantic to Europe
April:Sail from Spain
to UK( hometown is in Norwich east coast
Early June:Fly home for Brothers wedding and share stories
June, early July: In UK with grandmother, set sail for med
July,August,September,October,November: sail the Med until weather
gets too cold
November: end up in Israel
begin Preparations for suez and red sea voyage
November,December: Make the voyage, End up in Mumbai
December, January,February,March: make the trip through Indian ocean
, end up in Australia
(again no stops are set in stone)
March,April,May,Sail around Oz and end up in Sydney
. Spend some time with cousins in Sydney
June,July August,: sail From Oz to Nz, fiji
and eventually back to panama
September, and on in Caribbean
until we feel like moving on.
Based on anyone who has done long world trips, are we asking too much? I know that we could spend a lifetime doing it but we would like to keep it under three years. I don't like rushing and knowing my self ill probably get to the med and decide to stay :P. But i have high expectations.
Also i know of the risks of sailing the red sea and the gulf of Aden and with my training and experience and the company i will be keeping do not feel we will be an easy target. So please no discouraging from that part. (Also this is 2014 and last year there wasn't one attack, i'm more worried about mallaca personally)
So Let me know your thoughts! I know this was a long thread but i tried to give as much info as possible so as not to leave you guessing.
Wish us luck!!!
(i'm selling it all so i'm literally throwing caution to the wind!!)