I have been in contact with a guy who took a boat just like mine to the Bahamas. That doesn't make it a good idea and I don't plan to do it. It's nice to know that someone pushed the limits and got away with it. I understand why people do it. It sounds really exciting and I can imagine myself doing it and it is a fun little mental exercise.
How much experience do you have? Are you talking about sneaking along the coast ducking into protected anchorages along the way?
$17.00 ?!?! Aw man, I gotta save my allowance for three more weeks!