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Seattle to NY
Here's a routing challenge.
I am considering buying my dream boat in the Seattle area. Problem: I'm in NY. Natural option is to ship her across the country, but that's 13K or so, and I'm toying with idea of delivering her myself under sail -- not really to save money, which it wouldn't probably, but as a challenging cruise in of itself.
Weather windows seem to indicate roughly: a summer passage down into California. A winter passage to Panama. Then a spring passage into the Caribbean/Bahamas and summer up to Florida and north to NY. Seems the trickiest part, winds wise, would be going N and NE from Panama, but other parts have favorable conditions.
I'd probably do this in long hops, with a mixture of direct offshore passages and segments where we visited inshore, so as to turn the delivery into something of a cruise at the same time. I work but have generous holidays so I'd probably be doing this in two, maybe three entirely separate trips, leaving the boat in between and flying back out to her. Very roughly 7,000 miles and I'd reckon on it taking two years port-to-port, simply because it would take that long to use the necessary amount of holidays.
This really is back of the cocktail napkin right now (how many great adventures start that way?!) and I'd really appreciate any input re timing. Has anyone done the West-East delivery? Is it rewarding? Any guesstimates on cost versus the overland shipping option? Obviously there are things like plane tickets for crew and Panama canal transit. But other costs, such as leaving the boat at extended stretches, and upkeep, might not work out a great deal worse than what I'd be paying if she was based in NY anyway.