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Old 28-01-2020, 18:34   #1
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We are moving to Oahu from the East coast
We are hoping to live aboard a Leopard Catamaran we have yet to buy
Due to the availability it looks like I shall have to sail from Florida through the Panama Canal to Oahu
Can anyone advise us about the best time to do this?
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Old 28-01-2020, 18:51   #2
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Short answer - winter. Hurricane season is basically the same in both oceans. Leave Florida November/December. Transit canal anytime January-March. Want to leave Panama for Hawaii before the monsoon season changes, usually sometime in April. Once that changes the winds will be light for a long way off the coast. Otherwise the whole trip is a classic tradewind passage, with a little bit of work getting clear of Florida (depending on which route you select).

The passage from Panama to Hawaii is a long one - 4000+ miles. We did it last April non-stop. If you want you can coast up Central America and shorten the big hop somewhat, although still best to be out of Mexico by May so as to arrive by early June before Mexican hurricane season develops.

Hawaii does not traditionally get early season hurricanes, but YMMV.

That's the short version, check Cornell (World Cruising Routes) for a few more details.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Evan.
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