Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Mexico, USA (Heron, Elephant Butte lakes); Arizona (Lake Pleasant)
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Re: Research For a Story
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.