I have noticed that the new OpenCPN can deal with ENC charts, so I have downloaded the Pacific chart set, and tried to figure out where should I stop when en route to Japan (only 13 years and 3 month from now
. I am thinking about staying in the northern trade wind belt.
Do anyone have any experience or information on these places?
Let's se each of the pieces of land visible on the map (meaning US territory):
- Johnston Atoll: former nuclear test facility with plutonium scattered around, chemical weapon storage and disposal facility, military airport. It seems to be unused now, but I would avoid the place for the next two centuries.
- Wake Atoll: access restricted, managed by US Air Force
- Palmyra Atoll: the only unorganized incorporated territory of US, owned by US Fish and Wildlife Service and some private owners. There is no current economic activity on the island. Should be an exceedingly good place. But it is nearly due south to HI at 005 52N, which should mean doldrums, and "either that or HI" or a big departure. Does one need a permit to enter?
- Kingman Reef: National Wildlife Refugee, closed to the public.
- Northern Mariana Islands: Lives on tourism and garment manufacture. Ratio of women:men is 100:76. The local rules specifically state that lawyers shoud wear shoes in court. Should not be a too bad place.
- 013 31.999 N 170 21.188 W: a doubtfully existing submerged rock.
- Wilder Shoal: It is actually a submerged shoal.
Not US territories:
Marshall Islands: Another atomic bomb test site "by far the most contaminated place in the world", two islands wiped out by H-bomb.