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Research For a Story

Hey there, Sailors.

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I am here today to request the assistance of you knowledgeable people for a story I am writing. In my story 5 people are going to sail around the world west to east. I want them to go through the Mediterranean route. I understand there are problems with that route, like pirates, but that's why I am here.

I basically need input from you on a lot of things.

A) what's the kind of boat that would be good for that trip with five people?

B) If one were to sail that way, what would the timeline look like? It can be as long or short as makes sense. How long would it take to get from A to B and that sort of thing. Especially considering time of year

C) Where would one realistically be on their journey in mid February and mid March?

D) If someone has done a trip like that before and blogged it I would love a link so I could get a guideline on this sort of thing.

E) What does a day in the life look like? What does one eat and do all day and how long of a time away from shore will one be at any given time? How much privacy do people realistically get? Paint me a picture.

Basically, I, like Schultz from Stalag 13, know nothing. You are free to pick on me and laugh at me for knowing zero about sailing as long as you educate me.
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Why west to east? The more popular way is east to west.
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If you are going to write a story about a subject of which you know nothing, it might be wise to start by reading the books that have already been written about the subject and on this subject, Ocean Voyaging, there is no shortage. I suggest you start by reading the books written by Bernard Moitessier and in particular his book "The First Voyage of the Joshua" pertaining to a west-to-east passage (after which you will understand why other's have questioned the proposed direction, above) and then move on to the books written by Eric and Susan Hiscock, Joshua Slocum, Vito Dumas, and many others. Once you've done that, come back if you feel you need to. Or not, as there may then be no need, eh?

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There are a lot of cruisers out there with blogs . . check them out, ask questions, windtraveler is one worldtourstories is another, interview with a cruiser, another, google cruisers forums etc. . . . .
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Have you heard of Jimmy Cornell's book, World Cruising Routes? That's a long-time traditional "bible" for voyage planning. The basic idea is that currents, wind average speeds and directions, and storm probabilities typically vary by location and season. Nowadays there are all sorts of weather-routing options, too.

Maintenance and repair projects can eat into time, but if the five crew on board are knowledgeable, it could be an easy trip.

Most RTW cruisers are not into the full-speed non-stop thing, so lots of port visits, occasional trips inland, visiting with other cruisers, waiting for parts to arrive or be fabricated/re-welded/repaired, dealing with customs and immigration, shopping/haggling, going snorkeling, swapping favors with people, swapping info on destinations past and future, etc. Helping out with local projects or charities. Maybe local fun races. Possible air flights back to the home country to take care of family emergencies or other business or just as part of part-time cruising.

Radio nets in and near various destinations, downloading and figuring out weather, communicating with folks ashore, boat housekeeping, managing electrical power, fishing. Personal hobbies, especially those that don't take up too much room, learning new skills, both boat-related and not.
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Originally Posted by xort View Post
Why west to east? The more popular way is east to west.
I guess it depends on the type of round the world trip. If you're going to sail the southern ocean route, most would go west to east...
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