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Re: Is it possible to travel by (own) ship as a rule?
Then to answer your original question, Yes, If you own your own ship, you can go anywhere in the world you want at any time. There are of course other considerations, do you know how to run a ship? can you do it yourself or do you need a crew? We'll assume you already have your personal paperwork to travel internationally, your ship will need some too, as well as your crew, if any. Let's forget currents and wind directions for a moment (something you absolutely cannot do when considering a sailboat) and discuss the "lay of the land" between Mumbai and L.A. Can you handle pirates or radical religious or political extremists? Seems there are lots of them in little islands of Indonesia, the Phillipines, and other parts of the SE Asia coast. Sailboats mean rich people to people who have nothing and make an easy target. If you've travelled the sea a bit you've probably run thru some storms, the perspective is a lot different from the deck of a 50 foot sailboat 6 feet off the water than it is from the deck of a 500-1000 foot ship 100-150 feet off the water. Not to mention, those ships travel some 15-20 knots non-stop, your sailboat can maybe hit 8-10 occasionally on a real good day if you really know what your doing. And then there are the differences in responsibilities between being a captain and being a crew member or a passenger. Have you ever been crew on any of the ships you've been on? If none of that bothers you it is quite possible to accomplish if you have the time, money, knowledge, and adequate preparation, many people have sailed around the world on their own ships.