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That's exactly right.

We get all the planning documentation we can in advance. Cruising guides, paper charts, tide/current tables, electronic charts, anything to simplify regulations entering a new country, etc. Then we have a very rough schedule, with lots of slop especially if we need to be someplace at the end of the trip. We've waited a week or more in various ports for weather. We like sailing the way the wind goes. We expect things to break, and allow time to get them fixed. We try to get everything working before we go, and do preemptive fixes for things about to break. Since more time is typically spent waiting for spares to get delivered than fixing stuff, we keep a lot of parts for things we don't want to live without on board.

IMHO, the key to enjoying an extended cruise is this willingness to wait, and enjoy the place you are at.
 
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