FPB 78-1 Cochise presents us with a conundrum to which there is no easy answer.
It is a question we have struggled with before, but never in the same manner. The issue at hand is one which will soon require a decision that we have never found easy, and is now more difficult to answer than ever before. Part of the problem stems from Cochise, and the impact of our Dream Machine’s speed, comfort at sea, coupled with the ability for us to have crew aboard with minimal invasion of personal space. Although we are used to being comfortable, and going long distances, Cochise has taken this to a new level, and we need to adjust our thinking accordingly. We had a sense of this potential in the design phase, but theory and reality can be very different. The easy manner in which Cochise delivered us from Fiji in the western South Pacific, to Florida, the majority of which was against prevailing wind and current, brings with it the temptation of making almost any destination possible.
We could spend the next six months gunk-holing to Maine and back. A quick trip to Bermuda to check out the workup to the America’s Cup might be fun. Or we could have another look at Greenland. Think that sounds far? If we do go to Bermuda, then return to Newport to catch up with friends, we are a little over a week from the Prince Christian Channels in S. Greenland. Newport to say Camden, Maine is barely an overnighter. Maine to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia another short hop. Three days sees us in Red Bay, Labrador (is that wonderful Caribou stew still on the menu at the local eatery?).
Weather permitting, three more days and we are in Greenland.
Which raises a new set of issues. Where do we then return? We’d love to winter in the Bahamas. On the other hand, Kinsale, Ireland is a five day trip. A couple more sea days and we are in Lymington, UK and ready to haul and store at Berthon. This in turn makes a second trip to Svalbard simple.
The Bahamas or Svalbard, that is the question.
And we have no idea yet where we are going, but just in case charts and guides are on hand for both directions…