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Old 03-05-2013
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Re: Need advice on planning a cruise

While planning is a lot of fun, the reality of cruising is going to be quite different and your route and timing will bear no resemblance to your plans.

I'd start off with Jimmy Cornell's book "World Cruising Routes" and/or his newer book (whose title currently escapes me, the other book is at my nav-station bookshelf). That will give you a rought idea of routes, expected weather at various times of the year and suggestions as to passage routing.

Armed with that information you can plan the first 2-3 passages. I'd recommend doing no more than that. At your first ports of call you'll meet other cruisers and will hear stories and receive timely information from those who've just "been there, done that" and as a result your plans will change. It is no use revising the original plan to include the new destination(s) or avoiding others - just keep the resources to hand and an eye on the seasons (hurricane/typhoon depending on which side of the continent) and plan the next 1-2 or perhaps 3 destinations and allow your plans to be flexible.
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