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post #1 of Old 09-30-2003 Thread Starter
magnusmurphy
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6-9mo cruise from Vancouver down Westcoast

I''m contemplating a 6 to 9 month cruise from Vancouver down the West Coast to Mexico and back. I am planning this for about two years from now with my family:
Wife and
Two daughters: then 12 and 10

Boat:
Dufour 36 Classic (2000)

We''re just starting to talk about this and there is a lot of planning still to start.

For a starter I would like advice on what time of the year would be appropriate to leave Vancouver and head South. How much ground would one be able to cover in the time-frame, and what would be a reasonable itinerary, giving enough time to enjoy places visited? How should the return trip best be planned? (One idea would be to leave the boat somewhere and return it later, or in stages).

Any comments about the choice of boat (It''s not something that can be changed, but comments will be interesting).

I''m planning to slowly start equipping the boat for such a voyage. I''ve also already obtained a Ham licence and am trying out the winlink system.

Unfortunately the trip cannot be longer than at the most 9 months.

Any comments/advice appreciated.

Thanks

Magnus
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