Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Nothing wrong with most of South America
So, is there no adventurous opportunities out there anymore for young lads to hop aboard a ship bound for the foreign and exotic, working hard and learning from those in command? Are we really faced with only one option: flying? Would it be easier if we left from Florida, Texas, or somewhere on the east coast? And is S America is so troublesome, where else would you suggest from California?
Thanks for the advice gents.
We sailed from Panama to Ecuador last year and went backpacking for a month is Ecuador and Peru. Had a great time and it was cheap and interesting. People were wonderful and helpful. Bus travel there was excellent and inexpensive. The buses in Peru (made in Brazil) are the fanciest I have ever seen.
The problem is getting there by sailboat - not many people go that way. If you want the sailing experience a lot more boats go to the Galapagos and then on to French Polynesia. More of a sailing experience than a cultural one since you are at sea for a long time. Also, as I said the chance of finding a boat needing three crew is pretty small. As for working on a freighter or something similar, I agree that the chances are slim.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.