New member looking for advice...from the experienced.
I have bought a motorized yacht 37m., classical Italian CRN, early 80's.
She is undergoing her "RINA" certified checks prior to sailing at the end of next month.
My wife and I (retired), are planning to bring her back to our country of residence in Dubai under her own kneel, with a crew of 4.
The plan is to take our time cruising at maximum (slow), endurance of 10 kts. and route from the southern coast of Italy to Corsica, then Sicily; from here east to the straights of Messina and then to Heraklion in Greece.
Then continue the coast to Rhodes, and again east to Alanya in Turkey.
That's the easy part...
Then the route is directly south to Port Alexandria, through the canal to Jeddah in Saudi. Then we get off and hire security through to UAE waters.
My concerns are many; the distance, albeit a proven reliable vessel, she is aged; security is always on our minds, but particularly so due to the route; a yet unknown crew; the administration of sailing International waters; fueling in different territories, is there a standard fuel card, or do they only take cash; etc.
Although I have been boating for more than 10 years, I have only had experience with much smaller vessels.
I have also contemplated the idea of only doing some of the Med. and then transporting her to the final destination, but having recently received many quotes, the cost is just prohibitive.
There are many people out there that have done the same, or more with much greater experience than I.
We would appreciate hearing from you...