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Old 08-10-2014, 23:30   #1
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Seattle to .......

Hello, new to forum
I am starting to plan for my retirement and the plan is to leave the realm of reality and hit the high seas.

I do have extensive water sailing">blue water sailing experience mainly racing. Vic Maui, TransPac, Fastnet, Sidney-Hobart, Etc... primarily as crew and helmsman.

Now it is time for me to get my own boat and do some cruising. I am thinking about a Valiant 40, Valiant 50, Navy 44, Choy Lee Off Shore 41, Cal 40,or the Island Packet 420.

I have experience on all these boats just need to find one for the right price.

Now the next item up for discussion is Which Way To Go?
Go North and sail the Aleutian Islands and down the East coast of Russia then Japan or should I make the big left turn out of the straights of Juan de Fuca and head south to Mexico Galapagos Islands then French Polynesia via the Pitcairn Islands There are so many ways to go, so many places to see and do My head is spinning with all the possibilities. I am eventually going to make it around the world. and yet I want to be able to enjoy the trip and not be in race mode.

Next question
What can I expect for customs and port fees and

Finally
what are the thoughts about arming myself and the crew with the increase of piracy.

Any and all input is greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-10-2014, 23:44   #2
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Re: Seattle to .......

First, forget about arming yourself. That's a big no no for off shore. Trouble will find you in every port.

Second the current flows clockwise in the Pacific so most head towards Mexico then to the S. Pac, back N. To Japan and across the Aleutians. Or across to HI then back N.

Most the boats you mentioned are good off shore boats with, I think, the Cal being the lesser.

And welcome aboard.
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Old 09-10-2014, 00:08   #3
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True the current flows clockwise in the North Pacific for the most part but there is a current that does flow counter clockwise as well the Alaska and the Oyashio currents for the far reaches of the North Pacific and has also been used by a few cruisers headed to Japan from the Northwest.

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Here is a great link to surface winds around the world
earth :: an animated map of global wind, weather, and ocean conditions
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I'm planning on the big left turn, down to Mexico, Galapagos, continuing West, etc. I too want to swap my boat for a cruiser (I'm leaning towards Hans Christian). It sounds like we have the same plan. I also want to make my way around the world, but in no rush. I agree with Delmarrey about not arming myself…and I say that as someone who uses firearms for work everyday (fill in the blank). Where in the Puget Sound are you moored? Me: Elliott Bay marina. Good to have you aboard!
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