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Old 11-02-2018, 20:54   #1
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Sailing From US to China

Hello Guys Im planning my trip sailing from US Florida to China by crossing Panama Canal
I have a 33 Watkins single handing
With a monitor wind vane
Does anybody has done this trip before ?
I need advices please
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Old 11-02-2018, 22:54   #2
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Hello Guys Im planning my trip sailing from US Florida to China by crossing Panama Canal
I have a 33 Watkins single handing
With a monitor wind vane
Does anybody has done this trip before ?
I need advices please


Wow, ambitious. Good luck. May I ask why China? My understanding is that the authorities don't make cruising too easy...
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Old 11-02-2018, 22:55   #3
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Howdy and Welcome Aboard CF!

You are new to CF.
It always helps others here to help you if you describe your sailing experience in your CF Profile. It would help others make suggestions more appropriate for your sailing experience.

That is a long distance voyage, like what I would like to do too.

As a start:

I would buy this and study it as part of the planning process. It contains some interesting content, based on relatively recent historical meteorological data.
https://cornellsailing.com/publicati...s-ocean-atlas/

Alternatively, I would study the free Pilot Charts (I do this already when looking at routes). Those are based on older data sets. You can download them.

The key point is to avoid the monsoons or tropical cyclones. Those books or pilot charts should help you plan your route and timing.

Regarding the Panama Canal transit, that is a subject covered before in various topics. I suggest doing a search of the forums, using the google search under the search menu link on the forum menu bar. Here are some links to previous threads you can read:
https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=011403...nal&gsc.page=1

Good luck and Bon Voyage!
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:21   #4
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Re: Sailing From US to China

the main consideration is timing to avoid the N pacific typhoon season,and arrive in china early summer.
the route i would take would be to leave panama by april to arrive vanuatu october,then head north to kosirae in FSM in nov,arrive philipines jan-feb then head north to china in april-may.
this avoids mostof the risk of cyclones,typhoons and winter storms
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:29   #5
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GuyHello s Im planning my trip sailing from US Florida to China
To which port in China? It's a long coastline from, say, Zhuhai in the S to Dandong in the N.
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The biggest problem that I see is that boat only holds 60 gallons of water. You are either going to have to have a watermaker that you run frequently (meaning you'll also need a generator and enough gas to feed it regularly), or you will need to significantly increase your water tankage.

Good luck.
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The biggest problem that I see is that boat only holds 60 gallons of water. You are either going to have to have a watermaker that you run frequently (meaning you'll also need a generator and enough gas to feed it regularly), or you will need to significantly increase your water tankage.

Good luck.
I crossed the pacific leaving with only 5 gallons of water and 12 drinking coconuts. I don't use a water maker.
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So in US gallons thats 200litres or thereabout.. get a solar shower.. carry less dry and more wet food and you should be fine..
Pasta and rice sound great on land but waste water.. unless your happy cooking with salt water and micro bead addatives.
A tin of peaches/pineapple a day is worth the storage space and weight.
At say 3 litre/day you have 60 days and 10 3L showers..
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The most water you need is while waiting to check in to China... I stayed 2 months in no man's land between Kazakhstan and China waiting for my documents to get cleared.
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You may wish to provide some information on your goals. Are there are places along the way you wish to see? Are you limited in how long you have to make the trip? How is the boat kitted out now? What is your budget? What are you doing after you leave China? When you say China, are you talking about the Republic of China,aka Taiwan, or Communist China? Etc?

Another consideration is that you may have issues getting charts for mainland China. I recall that outside of Hong Kong (British Admiralty Charts), the availability is limited. The last I looked Navionics, C-Map, Garmin, etc. didn't offer any or offered them with limited coverage. The ones I have seen are in Chinese with limited English. If this has changed someone please let me know.

Here is one source for paper charts
Nautical Charts: China Nautical Charts (All Scales) - EVG

Good luck with your trip.
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No one mentioned it yet...so...don't get your arse run down by freighters. It ain't no joke in Chinese shipping lanes. So, you better have crew for 24/7 watch stands...AIS receive and transmit...and radar would be nice ....They wouldn't even know they hit you.
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You guys are a lot more stingy with your water than I would be willing to be. Only way I could get across the Pacific on 60 gallons of water is if I also brought 120 gallons of beer!
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