Sailing To The Galapagos Islands - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 01-30-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Galapagos1 is on a distinguished road
Sailing To The Galapagos Islands

Hello everyone I'm looking for a lot of advice on the feasibility of something like this:

I used to be a small sailboat racer for nearly ten years and did very well back in the day sailing optimists, lasers and other small two handed sailboats. I have some 'big-boat' experience, however not that much.

I am looking into the possibility of sailing from the Californian coast down to the Galapagos islands, spending some time down there and then returning back home and maybe making a stop along the way such as in Cabo, Mexico as this seems to be my dream vacation as far as I can think of.

It would be me and a friend doing all of this. I don't have a budget laid out for this yet, but I would imagine I'd like to spend around $25k buying a used sailboat and then some more cash for supplies that I would imagine that I would need for a trip like this.

Is this reasonable? Do I need to spend more/less on the sailboat? What are the big things I would need to learn and have to be able to complete something like this?

Thanks a lot!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 01-30-2012
tommays's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4,226
Thanks: 1
Thanked 24 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 6
tommays will become famous soon enough
25K it all depends on how small and how much risk your happy with as to saftey stufff
__________________
1970 Cal 29 Sea Fever

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

1981 J24 Tangent 2930
Tommays
Northport NY


If a dirty bottom slows you down what do you think it does to your boat
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 01-30-2012
Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,037
Thanks: 3
Thanked 49 Times in 44 Posts
Rep Power: 9
killarney_sailor is on a distinguished road
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.
__________________
Finished the circumnavigation in early February in Grenada. Have to work on a book project for the next several months so the boat will be waiting for next year.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 01-30-2012
night0wl's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Posts: 1,397
Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 9
night0wl is on a distinguished road
Considering that latest reported clearance fees on noonsite are equivalent to ~1.5% of your total budget...I'd strongly evaluate the Galapagos on your own boat.. That doesn't even factor in boat purchasing costs, making boat ready for bluewater sailing, provisioniong for the trip and then getting back!

You should look into boats looking for crew
__________________
S/V Jendai
Beneteau 343
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 01-30-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Galapagos1 is on a distinguished road
When I was doing a search for used sailboats I saw a few decent looking 34ft boats for 25k. The budget (for the sailboat alone) could be higher... 40k+ if its well justified that's what I'm asking for help with

Last edited by Galapagos1; 01-30-2012 at 03:33 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 01-30-2012
n0w0rries's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 239
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
n0w0rries is on a distinguished road
As somebody who plans on cruising south from California in the future, I can tell you it's doable, but I don't think you have the budget.

If your budget is $25k for the boat, figure you could spend $10-15k on the boat, leaving you $10k to prep it for the trip.

A boat in that price range is not a blue water boat, so you're going to have to coastal cruise down, then cross over and hope the weather doesn't get you.

For your actual "cruising budget" you'd need to research the various stops you want to make along the way, to figure out what you'll be paying in fees, Ecuador is EXPENSIVE to cruise in, but figure you'll be paying every time you clear in and clear out of each country along the way. Consider additional costs for food, fuel, water, etc. Then you need an emergency fund, to fix things that break that you didn't plan for.
__________________
Caribbean 50 Ketch
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 01-30-2012
Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,037
Thanks: 3
Thanked 49 Times in 44 Posts
Rep Power: 9
killarney_sailor is on a distinguished road
It depends on the boat

Quote:
Originally Posted by n0w0rries View Post
As somebody who plans on cruising south from California in the future, I can tell you it's doable, but I don't think you have the budget.

If your budget is $25k for the boat, figure you could spend $10-15k on the boat, leaving you $10k to prep it for the trip.

A boat in that price range is not a blue water boat, so you're going to have to coastal cruise down, then cross over and hope the weather doesn't get you.

For your actual "cruising budget" you'd need to research the various stops you want to make along the way, to figure out what you'll be paying in fees, Ecuador is EXPENSIVE to cruise in, but figure you'll be paying every time you clear in and clear out of each country along the way. Consider additional costs for food, fuel, water, etc. Then you need an emergency fund, to fix things that break that you didn't plan for.
When I said it depends on the boat I meant it. Lets assume that you get a Vega 27 which is a very solid boat and more than adequate for the trip. On Yachtworld the asking prices seem to be $12 to $15k, so lets say you spent $12k on the purchase. There is no way you could spend another $13k on the upgrades unless a) you bought the wrong one and it is a piece of crap or b) you got all silly on upgrades (eg watermakers and the like). So, let's imagine $8 for upgrades which is generous, that means you have spent $20k. The other five can go for cruising expenses.

Ecuador is not that expensive to visit. The bureacracy is a pain and a bit pricey, but food, for example is great and incredibly cheap. Mexico and the other Central American countries are cheap from what people have told me, Panama is certainly cheap and a great place to provision (beer and good rum about $8 with being comparable). Other than the fees to be paid in the Galapagos it is not too bad assuming you are not doing much provisioning there (ie loaded up in cheaper places).

I don't see any problem in doing the trip following this sort of scenario. If you really insist on something in the the 34' range it becomes much more problematic and I don't see the budget stretching that far.
__________________
Finished the circumnavigation in early February in Grenada. Have to work on a book project for the next several months so the boat will be waiting for next year.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 01-30-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Galapagos1 is on a distinguished road
To be clear, I was budgeting (and just totally throwing this # out there on a whim) $25k just for the boat purchase, not counting any other expenses. And the 'just the boat' budget could be higher... 40k+ like I said earlier, whatever you all deem good for blue water sailing for two people because I'd like to be able to sail for extended periods off the coast.

I'm setting aside roughly 15k for travel expenses on top of everything else which I imagine would be sufficient... and hopefully also cover repairs if this is an issue at some point which only seems possible.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 06-16-2014
tomperanteau's Avatar
Crotchety Old Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Pedro Harbor, California
Posts: 843
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 6
tomperanteau is on a distinguished road
Re: Sailing To The Galapagos Islands

Your budget plans sounded solid. Did you ever make the trip?
__________________
Capt'n Tom Living Aboard 50/50

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

S/V Footprints

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Youtube

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


1969 Crealock/Columbia 36 Sloop completely refitted in 2000 and new Yanmar in 2006.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Panama , Galapagos to Gambiers and Tuamutos 247sailing Crew Wanted/Available 2 09-22-2009 08:53 PM
Galapagos fees increase Freesail99 Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 9 08-12-2008 09:39 AM
currents in the pacific / Galapagos ido Seamanship & Navigation 3 04-17-2007 04:07 AM
Galapagos Restrictions? Cruisingdad General Discussion (sailing related) 4 04-14-2007 12:33 PM
Sailing to Galapagos and Easter Island (website with pics) johnsantic Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 11-30-2006 03:46 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:35 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012