Thanks for the great feedback.
I know a month sounds ambitious to prepare a vessel. I have done some pretty extensive repairs
to previous vessels. My experience is this, think of a time to finish a project
then add a zero to the end of that time. BOAT means Bring Out Another Ten
-thousand. I have also encountered more pirates on land than at sea.
I intend to engage the services of a good surveyor
and rigger to give me an accurate appraisal before flying over to finalise the deal. So I would hope to have a reasonably accurate work schedule before even departing Oz.
My reasoning behind departing Feb for March arrival at Galapagas is to take advantage of the 'kinder' weather
in that area. Then down to Easter, Pitcairn etc.
I agree it will be (perhaps) a once in a lifetime opportunity, so my wife and children
will accompany me, hence the meandering route
The suggestion of ille coco sounds interesting but will have to check on the prevailing winds at that time. I think the timeframe for the entire cruise
gives plenty of leeway so I'd prefer to do as little beating to windward as possible. "I'm here for a good time, not a rough time"
I take on board those comments to head
as far south as possible before heading west. As the southbound leg will in a sense be a shakedown cruise, are there suggested anchorages/ports to pull into as we make our way towards Panama/golfito?