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Old 17-05-2020, 03:38   #31
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Re: Safety between Suez and India

Thanks, I'll try find that book, and also look to buy something bigger.

Yes, I'd defo want to avoid Portugal/France/Spain/N.Italy but maybe leave Greece till season's over. Like the idea of Rhine & Danube and Black Sea. Hadn't thought about that.

In the last 3 years I've climbed to Everest Base Camp and gone up Kilimanjaro but the seas and oceans are a different ball game so that's why only the seasonal winds would make me hurry, but even then I can wait.
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Old 17-05-2020, 05:41   #32
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OK.
Suggest make up your mind. First your wanted to sail on a 26ft to the Philippines with a budget of 30.000$
Now you wanna sail round Scotland.
Perhaps tomorrow you kayak through LochNess. Also an option.
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Old 17-05-2020, 07:32   #33
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Haha, no. I buy the 30ft plus boat (bigger) in Scotland then spend minimum 3 months sailing around the western isles where currents and winds can be strong. Then I edge down England and Wales and either go to Azores or into Med depending on which route seems less risk. A have plenty of time so under no time pressure.

I may indeed sail up Crinan Canal and Caledonian/Loch Ness without the kayak
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Old 18-05-2020, 08:40   #34
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FYI:

Article from todays G-Captain E-zine:

https://gcaptain.com/pirates-attack-...eid=5626ef2c30

Pirates Attack Stolt Tanker in Gulf of Aden
May 18, 2020 by Reuters

Armed pirates attacked a British-flagged chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday but were repulsed, the ship’s manager Stolt Tankers said.

The pirates approached the Stolt Apal in two speedboats some 75 nautical miles off Yemen, it said, in one of the most important trade routes for oil heading from the Middle East to Europe.

“After multiple warning shots were fired by the armed guard team aboard Stolt Apal, the skiffs opened fire on the ship. The armed guard team returned fire, disabling one skiff and ending the pursuit,” a company spokesman told Reuters in emailed comments.

“A coalition warship (also) responded and Stolt Apal has resumed her voyage,” the spokesman said.

He did not specify which coalition was meant, but maritime security sources said the vessel had been sailing through a transit corridor patrolled by international naval forces due to the high risk of attack.
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Thanks. If they are attacking the big boys 75nm from shore, it's to easy to steal some petty cash from a minnow.

Looks like I should plan for Panama and Pacific as sailing down East Africa is not only dangerous but against the wind.
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Old 18-05-2020, 08:48   #36
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We would recommend that you consider going the other direction. Cross the Atlantic to the Bahamas. Enjoy the Bahamas and Caribbean for a while. Gain much experience. When you are ready. Transit the Panama Canal into the pacific. Pick up some buddy boats along the way. Island hop across the pacific. You will be in the Philippians in no time.
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With good weather and sailing in the right season why not. It does increase the longer spells being exposed to no close land and getting in trouble but Panama to Marquesas, then onto French Polynesia, American Samoa, Solomon Islands, north of PNG and to Phils via Palau is possible but pretty risky.
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With good weather and sailing in the right season why not. It does increase the longer spells being exposed to no close land and getting in trouble but Panama to Marquesas, then onto French Polynesia, American Samoa, Solomon Islands, north of PNG and to Phils via Palau is possible but pretty risky.
Keeping a boat in the Philippines, with year round typhoon season is not without risk.
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I will moor in Puerto Galera which is well protected.
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Puerto Galera typhoons

1996 typhoon Durian - PG totally destroyed
2008 typhoon Frank - in top 12 most destructive typhoons
2010 typhoon Conson
2016 typhoon Nina - hit PG very badly
Yesterday typhoon Vongfong
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Well, I'm retiring there so I'd better be well insured
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Thanks. Decent size robust boat at a ridiculously cheap price. Wonder what work it needs.

Are watermakers worth the investment?
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Well, I'm retiring there so I'd better be well insured

Don't get me wrong Puerto Galera is a beautiful place and the diving fantastic but typhoons are a fact of life, or death.
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Old 18-05-2020, 10:04   #45
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The little bay seems quite sheltered but then a typhoon is indeed no respecter of little bays. I did a course there in Sept 2019 and no one spoke of very recent disasters. Phils is cheap for some things but sailing/mooring/lift outs seems as if not more expensive than most places?
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