Just came across another post. Key answers:
As to sailing south from New York
City in the month of March you can expect to be in full winter and snow conditions with temperatures getting to below 0C. Winds and waves in the passages that need to be done in the Atlantic Ocean
may be subject to Nor-easter's which are cyclonic storms that occur in the winter time. It is possible but you better be dressed like an Eskimo and have the experience needed to sail Tasmanian Sea type conditions.
You would have to do some offshore
hops along the NJ coast and then go up the Delware bay and the canal to the Chesapeake bay
. You could do it safely is you are willing to wait in port for weather
windows. Thereafter you would be in the Atlantic. And there is plenty of nasty water
out there that time of year, not to mention having to round some nasty capes. You might be better heading out to sea to Bermuda then the Bahamas/Caribbean before turning west to Panama
Does not sound overly apetizing either...
What would be the earliest you would consider going? (again: pending a good weather window)