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Slow Small Boat from China?

Hi all.

I've posted a similar query elsewhere on the net, (on cruisersforum) so apologies if you've already seen it.

I'm after some advice on the feasability of sailing a small boat from Hong Kong to Taiwan, where I currently live and work.

I think Hong Kong is the closest source of small used sailboats to Taiwan. Yamaha's seem to be commonest, and I'm thinking in terms of something like a Yamaha 25, though something slightly bigger is a possibility.

I'm interested in opinions/information/advice on both the passage (and its optimum timing) and the boat.

Its been suggested to me that a Yamaha 25 is unsuitable "not only because of its size" but I havn't found anything specifically negative about it.

I initially thought of single-handing, which is impractical, but there is now the possibility of a crew of two.

Any advice (including "forget it") would be of interest.

Regards, Ed Lithgow (newbie)
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Hi Ed,
I cant comment on the water between HK and Taiwan. Look up 'Noonsite' and the routes section for the actual timing/planning etc.

A yamaha 33 is a great little yacht and would take you anywhere. It cannot be any harder to sail than a 25.

An extra body onboard will be sufficient and any more may be in the way.

Good luck with it. Keep us posted.

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I would suggest a larger than 30 foot if you have crew. I sailed the South Pacific in a 30 foot Islander single hand and it was fine for one. Two or Three, no way. Don't know the Yamaha line but a previous comment suggested a 33 Foot. Would be a good choice.
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Two people on a 25'?! only if you two can spend a week together in a bathroom without blood shed. Thirty to thirty five feet is livable for two friends, and the waters between are very busy and crowded, fifteen minute dozing at night can get you in trouble in a hurry. Four hour night watches with two people is workable so highly recomend two people. Good luck.
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Re: Slow Small Boat from China?

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Is that site legit? Have you used it? They seem to ask a lot of questions before giving answer.

In most of the countries I've visited, getting a visa was a simple process of calling embassy and geting a stamp.

The hardest, was one that wasn't allowing free travel of americans. That required writing a detailed letter explaining purpose and nature of trip and why I wished to visit their country, and what cities, and people I intended to see. Then a wait for several weeks for approval.

Of course most of the countries i've been to either were major world powers, (or thought they were). Small island nations may be different.

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Re: Slow Small Boat from China?

Hi Ed Lithgow,

I'm happy to read that some people do this crew, HK to Taiwan.

I'm looking for a boat going to Taiwan from Hong-Kong around the 15th of November. I'll be pleased to help on the boat. I've already crossed the Mediterranean sea from France to Turkey.
You can contact me by email : AT

I'm travelling all around the world meeting different people and learning their way of living, discovering new culture and new landscape.

I'm really worry about climate change. Therefore, I want to avoid planes. This is not really a problem for me, I prefer using local transport, walking, biking, hitch-hiking, bus, train, boat... better way to meet people and discover landscape.

I also want to ask all the children I'm going to meet, to participate in a World Child Drawing Relay. Children of one school will draw for children of the next school (it's in French but you may have a look to my web site).

Best regards,
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Re: Slow Small Boat from China?

Apart from room enough or at his throat. The Yamaha can fill the engine in a moderate following sea.A transome plug or bayonet valve in the hose can save a lot of grief'. I put a drain valve in the water lift as a backup backup.
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