Don't want to rain on your parade but it's the heart of winter in Tahiti
. Papeete in their summer is not a pleasant place to be. Way nicer anchored in a lagoon
where you can take advantage of the prevailing breezes but still hot in the summer.
Personally, would want to go through the canal
just for the experience of having done it. One of the things on my bucket list. Unfortunately, it would add at least two months to the time to get to SoPac if that is your priority. Don't even think about shipping
cross country except possibly from Houston
to San Diego
. The cost is too prohibitive.
There was a solo sailer passing through on a very well prepared Contessa 26 this week. It's a very small boat
though quite sea worthy. Don't know how Grant and Jackie managed to live on theirs for two years. Could see it as a solo but two people, never. Helped him move the boat
over to the fuel dock
so he could top off his tank. It's been a long time since I've been on a small boat
. Really nice to be able to man handle the boat into the fuel dock
and way more maneuverable than my 35 foot full keel
boat. Got me thinking about downsizing. Theirs a salty proverb about the larger the boat the less it's used. From my experience, there is a lot of truth to that.
Built a 'Power Away' Westsail 32, lived aboard and cruised for 4 years. They are great open ocean boats but they are not small boats. Dispiacement is more than most modern 40 footers and overall length with self steering
vane is closer to 42'. Length is not a big deal unless you are paying slip fees
for the overall length. The weight and long keel
make them ponderous to maneuver in tight quarters and they are a bit of a bus out sailing. Motion and maneuverability is slow and steady which is a major plus for passages but not high on the list for daysailing. Don't believe the Wetsnail rumors. They will easily sail to their water
line length out on the open ocean. We averaged 118 miles a day for more than 10,000 miles with virtually no time under power. and two passages through the doldrums. Had the MD2b Volvo
in our boat which supposedly had something like 25hp though heard it was less. It was plenty of engine
for us and would drive the boat at an easy 5k cruise
in calm waters. Made two deliveries of boats with 35hp engines and they were more responsive under power, however. 50 plus hp is just stupid unless you get the engine
Originally Posted by deanowens1966
I want to thank everybody for the great posts.
I think that we would be better off getting a West Coast
boat. Even trucking the boat from a East Coast
port to the West Coast
probably would be cheaper than going through the Panama Canal
The adventures of the crew of Lea Lea have been inspiring. I also read another blog about a couple sailing a Contessa 26. It is evidently for sale
in the Western Pacific. I believe Tonga
As I sit here in St. Louis Missouri, with it being in the low 90s both temperature and humidity I look at the current
temperature in Tahiti
and really wish I was there instead.
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