Generally speaking, your cruising plans would seem reasonable IF done in season (avoiding cyclonic storms) and IF you feel both your boat and your mechanical & seamanship skills are up to the challenge. (For my cavaet, see below). Were I you, I'd probably spend some time together building a basic passage
plan, noting distances between major ports/fueling sources, factoring in the fuel
burn that onboard power generation will require, and evaluating the boat's range vs. the mission. This can be easily and enjoyably done with a basic nav software
program & large scale charts
, and with a relevant planning guide. John & Pat Rains have published a book geared to this trip, titled something like 'FL to CA via Panama
Canal' which I think you'll find quite helpful. I'd probably want my boat's range to = 2X passage
distance but that may not be feasible. I'd consider the age, reputation and past performance of the main engine
& would weigh those thoughts heavily. Unfortunately, a Victory Tug doesn't lend itself easily to a 'get home' power system, so that would be a puzzle I'd want to investigate further. Perhaps you can modify your generator
for belt drive of the main shaft.
The one cavaet I'd offer to your plans is how you plan to handle heavy weather
at sea. For just the reason you want to avoid the West Coast
run, it's reasonable to wonder how you and your boat will deal with rough weather at some point in the run south. Especially WRT to the occasional Papagayo and Tehautepech blows (sorry for the butchered spelling), which are heavy Caribbean
winds subsequently funneled thru the tall Central American mountains and out onto the Central American West Coast
, you may simply have to accept a multi-day blow that will drive you several hundred miles to sea. There are strategies in weather monitoring and route
planning that mitigate this thread, and storm management tactics and gear
which help you to cope with the storms; researching and planning on how to deal with these issues would be part of the fun & the challenge for some of us, and that's part of what you'll be signing up for if you wish to proceed via thoughtful planning. (You'll find the Rains have much to say about this, as most of their experiences on this run in both directions are making time-sensitive deliveries in power boats).
Personally, I think your idea sounds like both good fun and quite an adventure, and I don't think it presents problems which can't be resolved to your satisfaction. If you like your boat and are attracted to spending significant time in that region of the world, then I'd encourage you to consider it.