I agree with the advice you have been given about how hard it is to get from Panama to Curacao. Any competent captain you might hire would be fully cognizant of this and able to tell you the options and difficulties.
Back in the water in Grenada - with new main and #2 and cockpit canvas (Santa came early). Will spend the winter and early spring in the Caribbean and then head to Bermuda and the northeast US. Still trying to decide if we will bring the boat to Canada, either in 2015 or 2016.