I think nothing has changed more than this portion of the cruising plan.
Our original route was San Francisco
November - April then South Pacific
may- November getting us into Australia
in November before the start of the South Pacific
cyclone season. A year to cross the pacific. Then on through Southeast Asia
, through the Suez Canal and then the Mediterranean
for as long as we want till we cross the Atlantic back to the states.
After being in Hawaii for a month, having visited Thailand
and determined that cruising there would be less fun than we envisioned (think third world, bugs, thieves, etc). We made the decision to stay in Hawaii for a year. Hawaii is truly paradise like no other, there is nothing deadly on the island. No malaria or dengue fever or snakes or spiders etc. the people are awesome, the beaches unreal and it's got its own culture even though it's still America and everything works.
Are we giant wusses for making one long passage
and then holding up at the first nice place we get to? Probably but who cares, this place is truly a paradise. And the slip location is best I've ever had. Life is just perfect here. Let's stay and start family
. But wait... The slip we are in is only good for 4 months? We have to move our boat to the middle of no where? Ok, let's keep going.
Alright so we gonna continue sailing around the world. What we gonna do about pirates? The whole south east Asia
by boat sounds pretty rough too. It's not the sailing but the time, heat, disease, thieves and really dirty places with dirty scary people.
So here's the new plan. We sail to Australia
doing the entire South Pacific, paradise to paradise then have the boat shipped to the Mediterranean
. I think its like $1k per foot to ship it. $41 is approx what it would cost to sail the whole way with fuel
, and wear and tear. Plus it would save a year and avoid the nastiest parts
of the world. So that's the plan.
Two weeks later... Just heard from the shipping
company. Cost is $82,000 to ship the boat. Bummer. Need a new plan. How about we sail the southern Indian Ocean
. Around the cape of good hope? We won't be able to go to the Mediterranean but there are some nice islands like the Maldives
. Ok... So that's the plan now.
Give me two weeks and we'll have a new plan. Are Somali pirates really that scary?