Re: How to Proceed...
OK I see from your profile that you have an Amf Paceship which is a 26 ft sloop and those came with a single cylinder 8 hp diesel.
You will find it almost impossible to make headway motoring upwind into the typical short sharp seas known as the Caribbean two step. Butting into these for days will break you and your boat.
The tried and tested strategy is to WAIT for the winds to turn and the seas to diminish. This happens mostly in winter. You might get some windows in summer but the usual tendency for the winds is SE which is bang on the nose for you. You need to be in Elizabeth harbor Great Exuma by January at the latest and start weather watching and taking every opportunity to make easting.
You are too late for this year and you need more money unless you have a reserve that you can tap if something breaks. [ Bank of mum and dad ?]
Clearance fees alone
Turks and Caicos $400 There is a lower charge if you make a single stop to refuel I believe. This would be unlikely to apply to you.
Dominican Republic $68 minimum plus 'despacho' fees at ?$15? a pop.
Why not spend the summer in the Bahamas with a close eye on the weather so you can run to a good hurricane hole.
BTW all bets are off if you get another Andrew, ask the locals about what happened in Hatchet cove which was thought to be one of the best hidey holes.
Re finding a job in the islands esp. in the hospitality sector. This is very unlikely as the tourism business is waaaay down. Everybody is hurting down here.
Last edited by TQA; 05-07-2013 at 02:56 PM.