Let's put this in another prospective and I'm not trying to give you a hard time about this.
Let's talk race cars. You're asking questions as how you go about racing in the Daytona 500 and you haven't even mastered the local 1/5th mile race track where guys soup up old clunkers on a shoestring budget to run on Friday nights.
Do you really have the resources to buy and outfit a bluewater sailboat and live without income for many months as you are looking to do. If $1000 going thru the Panama is a big concern, I'm guessing your resources can't handle what you want to do. Crossing the Pacific is not something you do on a shoestring budget.
Not trying to crush your dreams, just trying to get you to be realistic.
I have a 34' Catalina that I really like. It's 23 years old and I just bought it a few months ago for a little over $40k. As much as I enjoy it, no way in hell I'd take that boat offshore. It's not a bluewater boat. Heck, there are days I won't even take it out into the Potomac River.
Last edited by chuck53; 08-19-2010 at 10:44 PM.