I've done a little coastal sailing, but no ocean work. But I know that the world sailing routes are well known and, for the most part, are there to make the best use of wind and tides.
But now I'm looking at moving to the dark side
and buying a power catamaran/trawler.
What's the go with trawlers/motor vessels doing long cruising - do they typically follow the same routes as the sailors , or do they often just go their own way?
Clearly there's advantages to going the usual routes - useful to keep in touch on a large ocean, and while wind isn't as much a problem it at least matches favourable waves. But it seems that motor vessels can otherwise take their own routes.
And what about times of the year for the routes - is it the same?
ie. often the time of leaving on a route is very much for favourable winds, yet as long as the winds aren't too high making waves worse, a trawler wouldn't worry if the wind is in the 90 degree from the destination.