Originally posted by dnelson
I did the South Pacific crossing in 2003. (I've never done the North Pacific crossing.) In all the crossing was good, the winds were fairly consistent, and the legs of the crossing were reasonable - the only long one is the Galapagos to Marquessas. Everything after that is a maximum of 500 miles.
I wrote a series of articles about the crossing - you can find them at: http://www.geocities.com/arkayos/spac01.html
Loved your log!! I am doing a similar trip in March/April on a 47ft mono but from Tahiti will be dropping down to Aukland.
A couple of Questions:
1. Hurricane/Cyclone Season: October to April but with its Peak Feb/March. If that's correct, should you aim to leave Panama or the Galapagos end of March so that 20-odd days later you are in Tahiti late April?
2. Anyone know current clearance fees in Tahiti and if you are onward moving by boat - do you have to post a bond (if so, how much?)
3. I got ahead of myself there: If you stop in the Marquesas, does this clear you in to all French Pacific territory (but I expect you have to clear at each island!) Do you post a bond in Marquesas and recover it on leaving Tahiti, I think is the question I was trying to ask!
I've scoured Noonsite (which incidentally I find to be a bit un-user friendly...even though I am a computer klutz) found 2 differing sets of months for the hurricane season for example....
And obviously, before the trip I shall be loading up with the necessary charts, guide books and passage planning info. I must say, the Atlantic seems to be a bit of a doddle for passage planning compared to the Pacific but perhaps this is a case of being more familiar with one than the other.
best to all, Tony
hope that is of some help.