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Old 25-03-2020, 16:35   #1
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Seeking Captain/Charter From Honolulu To South Pacific

Mom (Petra) and I are looking for a captain/charter to sail us to Rarotonga Cook Islands or Vanuatu from Honolulu. We have friends and family in both nations and we want to get back to them as soon as possible. Will pay $10,000 USD. We cannot fly currently because the airports are not flying. Willing to purchase supplies and give as payment triple what our flights would have cost. On top of that I would serve as deckhand and her a chef and nurse. We are ready to go at any time in the coming days/weeks. Message me. My name is Matthew. 8085578504

Even if your boat is not the biggest or nicest we might consider it! And, if you connect us to someone who can help us I'll give you a hundred bucks.

If you do not have a boat and would be able to buy one for $10,000, you can bring us there and the boat is yours.
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Old 25-03-2020, 18:04   #2
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Re: Seeking Captain/Charter From Honolulu To South Pacific

Hello, Matthew,

New Caledonia are enforcing their lockdown with guns. It is quite possible that soldiers will not allow boats out of harbour, in HI. You are soliciting someone to try and do something that may carry a large fine plus a jail term, due to the emergency laws now in place.

Please accept this as a serious caution to find the best safe place in which to isolate yourselves for the next 6+ months, or so. I agree it is hard to take in that one should stay away from loved ones right now, when one wants to go help, but it is necessary for the control of the pandemic. Younger people are at risk, too, as well as elders. This kind of situation is really hard for people who didn't live through martial law in WWII, but this is an emergency. Everything will be based on needs, and wants will be considered irrelevant, at best, and worst, punishable offenses.

As Montanan wrote: The proper approach to behavior during a pandemic is to think and act as if you are ill and / or a vector / carrier of the disease and to therefore you NEED to stay away from everyone. Emphasis on everyone. Need before wants. You will not be welcome, given that the islands may be free of the SARS-CoV-2.

Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.
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Old 25-03-2020, 18:44   #3
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Re: Seeking Captain/Charter From Honolulu To South Pacific

Vanuatu is closed - a yacht arriving will not be cleared for entry.

Cook Islands are closed - a yacht arriving from anywhere except New Zealand will not be cleared for entry. Even if arriving from New Zealand, may not clear for entry either.

New Zealand is closed for entry except if you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. But once you arrive in New Zealand you will need to stay at least 14 days. But you will not be cleared for departure from New Zealand.

Stay where you are.

Besides which, it is cyclone season in this part of the South Pacific. Not a good time to be sailing around.
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