Originally Posted by osirissail
I was wondering what you are going to do for a boat? Rent or buy one? Renting
for months and years is a mightly expensive situation.
- - The Pacific Islands are definitely the top end of a cruising experience if you can afford the time and money
. It is very seasonal sailing but if you stay in the upper islands you can cross over to the northern hemisphere to avoid the typhoon season.
I know that flying to the pacific is more expensive than to the Caribbean
; that's the main reason we haven't been there yet; for 2 or three weeks it's simply un-affordable. My goal (still have to persuade my wife) is to sail for a couple or up to 5 years some 4 years from now leaving plenty of time to plan and complete our saving and sell the house. The cost of getting there becomes less of a worry that way. I guess we would buy a boat, keep it for the duration of our cruising life and sell again. I did note that finding the right boat (40 ish foot cat ready for cruising) is easier around the Caribbean
I'll start by ordering some of the guides mentioned in other posts. I guess it's also doable to buy in the Caribbean, pass through the Panama Canal
and sail to the pacific islands from there. Would be looking for some experienced crew if it would all happen that way. Our sailing experience on the open ocean is limited by (day trip) crossings between the Caribbean islands (the two of us sailed a Lagoon 380
to Bequia last March).
Thanks all for all the good info we are getting.
About the mono/multi debate. I was a 100% mono sailer until our last trip in March. The space and stability at anchor
of the Lagoon
could not be beat by even a 50 Ft mono. On the downside we really had the get used to the strange motion while underway. I also learned that you can no longer trust your instinct as you were used to; the Lagoon
gave (0o me) no signs of being overpowered while we later learned that sailing at 10 knots with a full rig on with 25 knots wind
on our beam is considered extreme sailing by some; we simply enjoyed the ride and felt nothing of it. The Lagoon manual agreed with us; later learned that the charter
company advises to reef at 18 knots. We did this and it took 'all' the fun out of it but sailing was less noisy and just a little slower. Bottom line: the only change persuading my wife it the cat.
That does bring op a new question: what's it like in NZ and Oz, doe you anchor
and use the dingy (which we prefer) or do you stay in Marina's?
Oh, and what's seasonal about the area; yep still have a lot to learn so apologize for the stupid question.
Thanks again all; next step will be to order those guides.