Re: Things that happen in cruising
Jon, I imagine that you could get to St Helena but there is nothing there that would help you get things fixed and if I remember correctly the island does not even have an airport so you would have to wait in a marginal anchorage for parts to come by ship. From there you would have to go with your jury-rig to northern Brazil or even Trinidad. You can get parts sent to Luderitz but we have idea of the nature of the damage. There may be more to it than jus bolting on something new.
Rock, I think you are presuming this guy does not have the experience to know what kind of boat to choose. His first circumnavigation was on a 27ish foot mono. Since then his finances allowed him to choose pretty much whatever boat he wanted and with his experience this is what he wanted. He certainly knows what he is doing, and the compromises that come with having a boat this size and complexity. I thought about it and it is a Switch 51, really nice boat.
Back to Grenada in early December. Not sure I will remember how to sail. Will spend the winter and early spring in the Caribbean and then head to Bermuda and the northeast US. Still trying to decide if we will bring the boat to Canada, either in 2015 or 2016.