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How much experience do you and the crew have in sailing in heavy weather? How much experience do you have in planning long passages? Provisioning a boat? How much do you know about storm tactics?
Also, since you're planning on going to New Zealand—are you planning on rounding the Horn, going via the Panama Canal, or going the long way around? If you haven't thought about that, then you need to take a step back and do some research and planning.
How much time are you willing to devote to doing this? Sailing on a fixed schedule leads to a lot of serious problems on a sailboat. A lot of dead sailors were sailing on schedules.
There's a big difference between day sailing and crossing oceans. There's a big difference between coastal cruising and crossing oceans. You have to be a lot more self-reliant to cross an ocean. Bailing out or turning around is not generally a very good option once you've started off.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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