Plan for two years, it is doeable if you leave at the correct time, Cornell tells you how. But remember, most cruisers (as well as pilots in aviation) get in trouble because of schedules, they feel they must go despite equipment
that may not be favorable. Sooner or later these forcing these issues will reach up and bite you big time. Those who do the trip in two years as part of the rallies are required to have extensive equipment
lists and invenories, as well as substantial cash reserves so they can get parts
shipped in and things fixed quickly. They have very experienced folks calling the shots and get excellent support from weather forecasters and the like, as well as priority treatment from the people the rally organizers put in place at each of the major stops.
My sugesstion is that you go ahead and plan for two years, and get started. If you find that you want to slow down in Indonesia
(surfing and such) or in Malaysia
( lots of fun things for young folks to do in Phi-Phi for example) so what? Stop and enjoy your selves and have fun cruising. When funds run out, put the boat on the hard
, get to work and make more funds so you can head
I bought Juno in Australaia and spent two years getting myself up to snuff for the trip, then went to New Caledonia
and Vanuato first, then went via South Afrrica to South America
(now in Venezuala). I figured initially two years to get to the Carib but by my ruff calculations I am 6 years in arriving here. I rushed through Indonesia
because of percieved schedule issues and regret that decision. Now I try to spend a month to three months at each new country, unless I find it absolutely unappealing, and so far only one has made that list. (Don´t ask, I will not tell, I do not want to take the hits from those who loved this stop.