From a purely financial perspective, it's probably just a cheap (and a year or so faster) to have the boat trucked across country. Granted, if all of the folks on SN were always motivated solely by the financial perspective, none of us would have boats. However, for the type of trip that you're talking about (East Coast to to Seattle via the Gulf of Mexico and/or the Caribbean and then either bash up the West Coast or via Hawaii; probably at least 10,000 nm) you would probably have to do a complete refit (depending on the condition of the boat) before you left the East Coast, and then at least a partial refit once you got to Seattle to fix everything that broke and/or wore out on the "delivery".
On the other hand, it would be an adventure. Which is reason enough to go for it.
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