I sailed from Europe
to NZ in the 90's and have done the "Island Hop" to Fiji
, New Cal
several times. Same applies for my friend ,minus the Europe/NZ trip. I now live aboard and have cruised most of NZ coastline.
is not a big issue, it's more about the experience. Having said that, we would certainly except any contribution towards travel expenses.
This is all my idea so would still have to run it past my friend, But I assume he's keen,knowing him.
BTW, I am 61 this month and my friend is mid 50's and we are both very fit.