Originally Posted by mwmsea
Mike Reed 100,
Great information. Thank you.
Mike Reed's description is consistent with the 4 similar Yokohama to Seattle
trips I have made at that time of year.
You will either get a family
of Lows or the effects of an early Typhoon (June-Aug) which normally track further north towards Japan
and recurves towards Alaska
That can be a testing trip on boat
and crew, whereas staying Low latitudes and following the chain of atolls and islands east ...offers a lot more refuge options and warmer conditions.
Remember, Typhoons form around Pohnpei, so are little more than a depression until they approach Palau
.As I said before, early ones (June-August) generally track north and recurve early, so if you are East and South of Palau
by June, you are in good shape.
Also comparing the 2 options on heavy weather
You have larger tides and stronger currents + shoal conditions on the North Route
, making for steep square breaking seas whereas the Equatorial is in very deep water
with far less current
and long consistent swells.
You should factor those points into your decision making.