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post #3 of Old 01-30-2012
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It is doable. With that sort of budget the boat will be quite small (25-30 feet) and basic. You would have to decide if the comfort/money ratio makes sense for you. It is a long way and, to my mind, it would make sense visit more places along the coast of the Americas on the way (as far as mainland Ecuador).

Check the restrictions for where you can go in Ecuador and how long you want to stay. Considering it is your 'destination' you would want to get more than the standard clearance which gives you a maximum of 20 days in one of two harbors. You can get an 'autografo' which lets you visit 4 or 5 spots over a longer period of time. Takes longer to arrange and costs more.

If your goal is to only visit the Galapagos I would be inclined to look at crewing opportunities, perhaps starting in Panama City or perhaps Mexico. Would be much cheaper and easier - or take an airplane.

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.
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