Hi Ocean State and welcome to the forum.
If you like the boat then, with a few considerations, it would do the job. First, the 300 mile range would not be an issue. I looked at taking a small powerboat down island once and I figured out a route
that would get me to the Caribbean
with pretty short hops. If I recall
the longest leg under 150 miles depending on which way you want to go. Basically the options are eastern and western Caribbean
IE the islands from the Virgin Islands
on down or Mexico
and Central America
Avoiding a few hot spots might make a couple of the legs a little longer now but still with some care in planning 300 miles would work with a reasonable reserve range. Make sure you verify that your calculated range is valid in open water
, waves and head
winds, not just in calm water
and figure in places you could have a knot
or two current against you.
If you head to the eastern Caribbean
power offers some benefits. By sail you have 1000 miles dead against the wind
. Power, assuming the wind
and waves are moderate enough for you and the boat, going upwind doesn't really matter. This does bring up the issue of weather
. Winter the Caribbean trade
winds can be boisterous and blow consistently for weeks. Depending on where you are in the trip, how well you and your boat handle the waves and the impact on your cruising range you could have to hang at one spot for days or even weeks waiting for a day calm enough to make the next leg.
Then there's fuel, fuel, fuel. It can be expensive in places so could be a significant factor in your cruising budget
but on the other hand, how much would you spend buying
and outfitting a sailboat? Also you mention engines. If you blow an engine
down island it could be expensive. Part of the decision would be to do a very careful evaluation of the condition of the engines and if they have plenty of service
life left to make the trip.
I currently own a sailboat but have owned several power boats and cruised the islands in both, although not past the central Bahamas
in power. The power boat
was really fun and the ability to crank up and get there fast added to the fun. Sail on the other hand is magical when you turn off the engine and have nothing but the wind driving the boat. With sail it is as much the journey as the destination
Either way, it will be fun.