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Hey everyone
I haven't been too active on this site but that will change, we just signed a deal on a new to us boat, we purchased a hans christian 33, fully equipped to cruise the globe and that we will, any suggestions on leaving the south, is it better to go through the Suez Canal of round the cape? Anyone done either lately?
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Where do you want to go, in particular?
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Re: We bought our next boat :) suez or cape

Congratulations on yr yacht purchase
Where are you planning to sail to/ from? suggest you do a google search on Somali Pirates. Piracy is still a big problem in the Gulf of Aden and far out into the Indian Ocean. I think you will conclude that a Suez transit is too dangerous for yachts.
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Re: We bought our next boat :) suez or cape

Te boat is in bocas del toro panama now, we will take her through the canal, to Galapagos, the cross the pacific, French pol, Fiji, Australia, Thailand, etc, but how to exit? Yes I am aware of the pirate problems, but more so looking at the problems in Yemen, Egypt, turkey and the list goes on, so do I chance it against people and go through the suez or chance god and round the cape?
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Re: We bought our next boat :) suez or cape

Most folks here SE Asia are taking the cape route. Still a bit dicey out there. Some are shipping boats to Turkey. Take your time in the Pacific. Things are starting to change. By the time you get over here it may be safe to go through the Red Sea again
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Re: We bought our next boat :) suez or cape

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wow!
you bought a new yatch thats awesome, where are you talking it.
what destinations are u planning ?
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Our first sail will be to the San blas islands, we have been there before so we can concentrate on getting to know our new home, then through the canal to cocos island, then Galapagos, and then we cross the pacific and enjoy the world.
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Re: We bought our next boat :) suez or cape

Ayventyr has it right. We went to South Africa last year. Basically no one has gone the Suez route in the last couple of years. Things are improving though and by the time you have to make a decision who knows what the situation will be. Sailing to SA can be rugged at times but it is a fascinating place to visit.
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Re: We bought our next boat :) suez or cape

Suez can be a 1200 mile beat up the Red Sea, if you are unlucky. It's supposed to be 600 miles of running and 600 miles of beating, but you know how that goes. Navigation is unnecessary as there is plenty of ship traffic and though I haven't done the trip lately, it seems there are few safe stops these days.
Round the Cape, there is a saying; "Durban by Christmas, Cape Town by New Year's or go the other way". A pretty small window and self explanatory.
With pirates and sand storms, rogue waves and gales, it's pretty much a crap shoot, either way.
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Is your new boat named "Bruadair"? If so she is a beautiful yacht! We have been following her adventures through her previous owners blog. Congratulations and good luck where ever your adventures take you.
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Re: We bought our next boat :) suez or cape

Are you a crew of two? If it were me, loading the yacht on a ship or going via the Cape would be a close decision, with Suez a distant third choice, especially given a boat that might be too slow for convoys or a combination of heat and winds coming down the Red Sea, depending upon time of year.
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