Hey Ron...she is in beautiful condition and seems ideal for these waters. All good wishes!
As to the route south...search under hell gate for recent threads on how to get from CT to past NYC. Much detail in a recent thread
Also check out http://www.sailnet.com/forums/cruisi...tml#post262594
for an overview of the rest of the route and some resources. Start a new thread if you need more input as several here have done the trip. With your new draft...you can even go inside on the NJ ICW instead of offshore...not an option for most of us!