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Check and see what the draft is (also the air draft for your mast) for the cross-Florida barge canal. The answer will make a big difference to you, it's a long long way around the Keys.
Also check the Cruising topic on this board. A guy made it from Houston to NC via the Okeechobee canal, not long ago, you might get in touch with him.