To answer a few queries:
Previously I bought a Fountaine Pajot
Venezia (the precursor to the Belize) in September 2010 and sailed it from Greece
to Fiji via the Caribbean
, French Polynesia
etc and sold
the boat in Fiji in November 2011 for more or less what I paid for it. I did start advertising the boat when I got to the South Pacific
The boat was crewed with friends and people I found on crew internet
This time round I thought I would share the risk and cost. The boat needs comparatively little spent on it. I have owned the boat for about four years which was the last time it was surveyed. I think I might have to get a new survey
to comply with insurance
requirements for an ocean crossing
Although there is a solar
system trickle charging
. The batteries
will likely need replacing. My preference would be for Lifep04 because of the weight saving.
Six new lifejackets/harnesses are required, the liferaft
needs servicing, the boat needs antifouling, an AIS
system is required.
Ideally a bowsprit
with a top down furling
sail would be added.
Two holding tanks
could be installed although I am not sure of the need for them except going through the Panama canal
where we can hire some toilets for the transit of the canal
Time slots can be allocated on a discussion basis.
I do not have a sharing agreement but will need to get one, any suggestions?
I am more than happy to answer any other queries or criticisms people may have.