Originally Posted by Troutbridge
I thought the same as your wife and brought a new boat. Now, I'm very pleased with her BUT I could have brought a 10 year old boat and after refitting as you outlined I would have had an extra US$160,000 in the cruising kitty!!!! Now running short of 'cash cushion' I rather wish I had gone down the 10 year old route.
200nm days, geez, really doubt that would be realistic for us, for me more realistically 120nm days would be a target, the same as yours. Besides, what the hey is the rush, the only thing that I know that is slower than sailing is walking. I have never understood rushing around the world to say that I have been around the world. You end up with I went sailing to see the world and I ended up seeing the sea.
The intention is to cruise the Caribbean for a few years, then Galapagos, then to Hawaii via Clipperton island, after that who knows, may take the great circle route, we may just sail around the south Pacific until we are old and contented (oh forgot, we are already old).
I have no goal to do a formal circumnavigation, however if we end up where we started by going west then so be it. Essentially because I have family in New Zealand, Australia, and in numberous coastal towns in South Africa we may end up sailing around the world, but that is not a goal. All I want to do is enjoy my retirement and old age with my wife. To me each country has so much to offer and taking 5 or 6 years to see it all would not be enough.