We are just now completing our trip from Detroit to Trinidad. We left in August 2003
and just cleared into the USA ( PR
). Met IVAN in Grenada but other than that it was a great and interesting trip on our Cal 33.
No water maker or fridge. Reduced all the dependency on Amps.
Did electronic charts all the way. Enjoyed living on the boat. I´m 51 and my mate is 43.
Used cruising guides and Capn Bob ? guides( ICW and erie canal )for info. No problem.
You could do the trip in one year and after reaching Grenada turn around and head back to the USA instead of waiting out hurricane season down there. We found the average cost
to clear in is $30.French ports are free. Turks was $5.00. DR was $83. Trinidad was $9.00 for 4 months. USA are free. Paid $150
in the Bahamas ( we were under 35 feet ).
In antigua if you clear in Jolly Harbor you save a lot and is a good place to provision.
Buy lots ( provisions )in St. Martin on the Dutch side ( great prices )but clear in on the French side ( Marigot).