panhandle is one of the worst places to jump off from for a trip to Tortola! No joking. The only practical way is to make your way across the Gulf to the West Coast
of Florida, then down to Key West
, then over to the Bahamas
, then the "Thorny Path" down the island chain to the DR, Puerto Rico
, the USVI, then the BVI. Under the best of circumstances, this can be a real challenge.
Not that it can't be done. It's just not easy, and you'll need a LOT of time and no fixed schedule in order to pick your weather
A gentle suggestion from someone who's sailed the Eastern Caribbean
since the late '60s: go ahead with your move to the panhandle if you will, then fly to the BVI and look for a boat there. There are lots of boats for sale
in Tortola and elsewhere in the Eastern Caribbean
, and some darned good deals. See, e.g., BVI Yacht Sales: BVI Yacht Sales Ltd.
Chris and Karen are good people and will steer you right.
The great advantage in buying
a boat there is that you can then take your time, enjoy the islands, visit all you will, get the boat in good shape (lots of places to fix/upgrade/spiff up your boat), then it's a pretty easy run up thru the Bahamas
to Florida and on to wherever you wish.