Opinions on staying in the tropics through cyclone season
As I plan the logistics for next year's cruising, I'm considering the options of staying in the tropics for cyclone season vs taking the boat south to NZ.
By November next year I plan to be in or around Vanuatu. I guess my options are either: Stay in Vanuatu, hoping to find somewhere safe to moor/anchor/berth the boat or put it on the hard stand through the cyclone season, head back to somewhere on the Qld coast (either Brisbane, Bundaberg or possibly Cairns), or head south to NZ for the cyclone season.
It appears that many boats make the trip south to NZ and the thing that deters me is hearing the horror stories of bad weather/lost boats on that trip.
So I'm considering leaving the boat in Vanuatu or nearby (which could be New Caledonia or Fiji). Over that season I would be away working for the months from November to April so I would need to leave the boat unattended with possible occasional visits.
The alternative of course is to sail back to Australia where I could berth the boat in Brisbane or points further north.
Does anyone have any opinions on the practicalities of doing this?