Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia by 55' Power Boat
I am currently living in Hong Kong on my 55' Power Boat and considering taking her home by sea. It probably won't happen for three years but planning is so important. The boat's current range without extra fuel is 500nm. We will be cruising at 15 knots best nm per litre. Your advice on routing would be appreciated.
Am I mad considering this trip or should I just put it on a ship, my thinking is it would be a trip of a life time.
Your only option is to break up the voyage into short enough sections so as to load enough fuel to see you through to the next stop. Even so you should increase your fuel capacity to at least 1000 miles. Your best route should be via the Philippines to Palau, then to Papua New Guinea where there are various places where you will find fuel. From PNG you may prefer to either cut right across to the Great Barrier Reef (to Cairns), so go via Port Moresby, fill up with fuel, and reach Australia that way. For the rest you will have to hop along the Australian coast.
The other alternative is to take a longer roundabout route once south of the equator via Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, before you turn for Sydney.
If you can find the time, this could be, as you say, a trip of a life time, so plan it well and I am sure it will be well worth doing it.
Jimmy Cornell, noonsite