I am looking to sail around the world and need details an options for lots of various things, i hope you can help and also have this as a forum entry which can be used by others looking to do a similar journey.
Good on ya mate.
I am 21, living in the England, after being made redundant twice in a row ive decided to take on one of the most endearing challenges on our planet, sailing around the world solo (Oh and on a limited budget). I have lined up sponsors to provide food & nutrition already providing i can get the rest of the project off the floor.
Make sure your motivation is not purely competitive / mercantile. Make sure you simply like sailing. Otherwise why go?
BTW Sailing around the world is probably not so endearing as you put it. It is much fun and work though.
should not be an issue. Unless you have unlimited needs.
You will need one.
For the boat i am looking to use a 30 footer, i have been talking to a local boat builder about transferring the everything off of the hull and building a slimmer one turning it from a 4 bed monohull into a single bed tri. All looks good apart from the cost, as is the life of any boat owner ;p
30' will do. I do not understand the part about 'turning' her into a tri. Why not use a production mono? (See: limited budget).
The first thing i would like to know is:
What routes are available? (i have been looking at taking the tropical route).
Westwards or Eastward, in the tropics, in the Southern Ocean or around the top end. Or mixed. Tropics are good to start at.
What are the associated costs with that route? (i.e canal fee's etc).
See Panama Canal
Administration website for their fees
. If going via the Southern Ocean you do not need the canal.
You will need the boat and equipment
and then some monthly. You can skip marinas
but not the Panama
fee. There will be some visas, cruising permits and other nuisance fees
too but they are not very high (against the total).
Whenever you stop in a civilised place, you pay extra. Whenever you break something, you pay extra unless you can fix it or go without it.
Distance of that route?
360 times 60 = 21600 Nm, minimum, crossing all Meridians and the Equator.
For a non-purist just crossing all Meridians.
Difficulty of the route?
Easy if you have the skills. Some good luck helps too. The more skills you have the less good luck you will need.
Temperature range expected on that route?
If you start from West Indies and end up there then the only cold spot is RSA, but it is not freezing cold. Panama
and a couple of other places can be hot (in excess of 35 degs centgd) and humid.
Anything you can add would be appreciated.
Other things that would be helpful are;
Communication equipment cost, satellite phone, internet etc.. ?
nearly a must. Internet
via wi-fi in harbours, take a laptop
. Other items nice, but see: limited budget
Navigation equipment cost and what the options are?
GPS72 approx 100 Usd, sextant
new approx 400 Eur. It may be difficult to spend less than 1000 EUR to outfit, but you can sell off the stuff afterwards. For solo, I would take an AIS
(EUR 300) and a CARD (MerVeille) (EUR 300) too. Depth
instrument, etc, but they normally come with the boat.
Autopilot cost and options?
Nice to have, but think of a Windvane
Survival equipment and options (i.e life rafts)?
Nice to have, once the boat is as well prepared and fit out as it takes.
Anything else you would like to add please do i would love to hear from you.
I am currently building the website for the journey, if you want to follow the progress get me on facebook at Around TheWorld | Facebook or watch out for the website to be uploaded to Web Directory
Please note neither of these have only just been setup so theres not much to see yet.
Set up a blog site it takes 5 minutes, then transfer the content to a web site if you need.
PS Sending you a private message too, pick it up.