I know your area being a Montrealer and sailed/motored extensively in Lake Ontario
. I now live in Spain
(Majorca) and getting my Saily thing refitted in Turkey
; leaving for a RTW in Jul 15.
A first thought, find a secure, VERY secure harbour. Hurricanes are not nice. You will be surprised at the prices... not in a nice way!
Then think about your maintenance budget
... The engines will need flushing
every 2 years, all systems will need constant inspection
. ... (if your SS is not prime grade, your boat will look like s*** within 3 months. )You'll also run at high power and need overhauls every 1500 hours. If you have 300 HP engines, these will be costly.
Antifoul is a yearly thing... including haul out
, through hull
checks, props cleaned, genset could need a raw water
clean out yearly. (Mine does)
What boat do you own now? Why not bring her down the Hudson
on her hull
, Intracoastal waterway to FL?? Gorgeous trip. Should take you a month if you pootle...