66? I remember 66 - well I think I do, it was a long time ago.Thanks all.
FeliciaB, I have dreamed of doing this since I was 15 reading sailing books and sailing dinghies and Hobie 14s in East London in South Africa. I am finally retired, still fit enough still to sail and kite, and have the freedom and an understanding and supportive wife.
Yes, Cisco, South African flag, properly built for a yacht to fly in wind all the time. The two US flags I have, I am US-flagged and joint citizen, have both ripped to shreds and I don't want to fly them like that. Need to find a proper one. Thanks for the insurance link. Turns out Bay of Islands marina in Opua offers short-term insurance if you do not have it, so that seems like a solution.
On the topic of moorings, Bay of Islands marina has swing moorings for rent in three categories, 1-2 tons, 3-4 tons, and bigger. For my boat, 34 ft Pacific Seacraft, pretty heavy at 16000 pounds or 8 tons, even with all sails and canvas removed, which size would you think suitable for leaving her there for 5 months?
Why NZ, because that's what I've seen others do, but since I don't intend to cruise NZ, rather get a rental van for the month of March when I return from the US and SA, perhaps best to find a more tropical place to leave Sea Change, and fly to NZ at some point now or later. Still looking at the boatyard in Apataki Atoll.
Agreed with those who say you should take years to do this properly, but at age 66 I don't have the time. I really want to do a 4-year, part-time, circumnavigation via South Africa, so either way I have next season for Tonga and Fiji, etc. then leave boat in Australia next cyclone season. I want to be done by 70. As Webb Chiles notes, I am on the wrong side of the 50% of 65-year-olds who take 5 medications a day, and in particular have arthritic fingers that make line handling and kiting painful.
You could do worse than lay up ashore at Whangarei https://www.riversidedrivemarina.com
Australia ? have you considered an east west crossing across the Bight in the summer months? Pretty easy trip with summer easterlies.