Some serious advice for you, First, if you have limited navigation
skills, DO NOT attempt this without having an experienced navigator on board.
Next, as a starting point, you MUST buy copies of the paper charts covering your route
and spend some time understanding them.
Next, to get some safe practice before you go, get yourself a copy of OpenCPN
(It's FREE) and a copy of CM93-2010 detailed charts and study those for as many hours as you can on your laptop
Using those PC programs, plot your course paying very close attention to depths, tides, wrecks, restricted areas, shipping
channels etc. and when you have plotted your course, double check it against the paper charts I told you to buy.
Then, if you have not found an experienced buddy to help you, break the bank and hire a delivery skipper
or, advertise locally for a competent sailor to act as your skipper. I assume that you have a pair of compasses on board so the next step is to understand the compass
deviation in your area, not knowing compass
deviation has forced many nice boats onto the rocks. GPS
is nice, but since it runs on battery
power, do you have a way to keep your unit charged?
Next, I'm concerned about your comments on your rigging
, the golden rule
on that is that if it's not safe, DO NOT go out to sea. It's OK saying that perhaps you will motor
all the way but if your engine
fails, you will need your sails
to be in tip top condition.
Finally, I'm also concerned about the other safety
aspects of this, do you have all the equipment
you need to make this trip?. No Chart Plotter is not a good starting point so I'm hoping that you have at least one radio
on board, safety
harnesses, secure safety lines, in date flares, and on and on and on.
You will be making this trip during the Hurricane
season and these things sometimes come up with very little warning, do you have life saving gear
on board, a life raft, is it in date, etc. etc.
If you find a buddy to help you, DO NOT FAIL to notify the coast guard of your intentions so that they will know you are out there.
If you do not find a buddy to help you, or if your safety gear
is not good enough to keep you safe, consider having her shipped by road, it will keep you safe and well and allow you lot's of time to bring her up to spec.
Call me a nervous nelly by all means but I have been doing this sort of thing for more than 50 years and trust me, PLANNING and SAFETY come above all else.