Originally Posted by svcambria
It felt like a wet version of a Cook's Tour. Arrangements for arrival and berthage had been made in advance for them and support by way of parts
was available, but the whole package came at an enormous price
Hmmmm. You're being pretty tough on the people that do those rallys. I would think the average value per boat
would be about $1m and the investment of time is critical. The price is only about USD$20,000-$30,000 or 2 to 3% of the value of the boat
and cheaper than the 2 year rent on cheap
housing in the western world.
If these time poor people could not have this type of adventure fully organise and compressed into 2 years they could not do it at all.
Their wealth is distributed to the employees of the organising comapanies as well as the businesses along the way.
They do move fast and this in itself means there is little disturbance to the rest of the cruisers. They may be tossed out of their marina for 1 or 2 weeks every 2 years. Panama Canal
is set up so they take a ships place and dont delay other small boats.
And why shouldnt they talk to others on the rally after their long passage
? How often do 'normal' cruisers go seek locals as friends? I can count the number of locals we have had on Sea Life for dinner in 2.5 years on one hand. Few would have had more, and many cruisers the only locals on board would have been the Customs
20 months might give a person an idea whats out there and the enthusiasm to do a longer more detailed cruise
when he has time.
So Alessandro, you do it the way you want. Rallys can be great fun, and in reality, the only way you will get around the world in such a short time. Doing it without a rally there wouldn't be enough motivation to keep going at such a pace.