Obviously this is a decision we have to do for ourselves, but we are having a hard time on deciding what to do. Our current
situation is as follows:
We're a young couple living aboard
a 35 footer and started in August 2016 in Northern Europe
. Sailed to the Carib and are currently on St. Martin. Our original plan was to cross the Panama
Channel in late march or early april.
Now we are facing two problems. One is the time, we are very late now and have to wait here for at least two more weeks for spare parts
that we ordered. Also, the boat
has not been out of the water
since we left Europe
and will need new antifouling for Galapagos
. And then there is a long wait (as far as i know its 25 days right now) for crossing the Panama
Channel. All in all, this means we would be in the Pacific about mid-june if nothing goes wrong. Jimmy Cornells "World Cruising Routes" says you should get out of the South Pacific
and ideally in New Zealand
in November due to the pacific cyclone season. This would mean we would have to go from Panama City to New Zealand
in less than 6 months, which is probably possible but means there is nearly no time to visit all these nice South Pacific
The other problem (as always) is money
. We are spending way more than expected and our reserves will last for about 6 more months if we go on like we did in the last months. But if we have to pay for a haulout and new antifouling, then the channel transit and then the galapagos
visas, we will run out of money
before making it to New Zealand.
So currently we're thinking about staying in the Atlantic for the hurricane
season, which means heading south to the ABCs or perhaps French Guyana or perhaps Panama in the San Blas Area, and trying to earn some money there (either over the internet
or by working locally). As we're EU citizens, French Guyana would be best for that but i have no idea if there are any jobs that will get us acceptable money.
How would you decide? Just go on and stick to the original plan and start to only eat noodles and drink water
, or stay in the Atlantic? Or something completely different? Thanks for your input!