I'm planning ahead for near full time liveaboard
status in about 2 years. I'm looking at destinations well ahead of time as it might impact where we choose to buy the boat
For background, we plan to keep a more permanent home in Phoenix, AZ to be near aging parents, our three kids
(all to soon be in college), and other family
and friends. Our intent is to liveaboard
for anywhere from 8-18 months at a time, and given the weather
in Phoenix, always be on the boat
from at least May through October, and often longer as the mood strikes. My guess is we most often would come back to Phoenix in late November through early January to spend the holidays catching up with family
. My wife does not want to cross major oceans herself, so any major crossings (beyond maybe a week) would at a minimum require I get extra crew to assist me or in some cases maybe we pay for a delivery
crew. We don't want to lock ourselves down to a limited number of locations and cultures as the big reason for this is to see much of the world outside of the major tourist destinations and experience remote
So... given weather
patterns, where are your recommendations? My gut tells me the South Pacific
gives us the most options to continually move to new countries and areas over a 4-6 year period without month long passages. Europe
and the Med seem like options as well, but would be chilly in the shoulder months, plus are a smaller area than the Pacific.
Interested in your thoughts and experiences.