You and I seem to be on the same (or very similar) page in terms of future plans. The ICW to Bahamas and then the thorny path would be a nice way for me to really get the "feel" of things - someday, hopefully in the near future. In the meantime, I have a pretty steep learning curve to tackle - but I'm actually looking forward to it.
Keep in touch, and keep the faith!
Pearson 303 Hull #137
S/V "C'est Magnifique"