Re: Any alternative to buying for international trip?
Did you check with Watergate and the other marinas about rentals? While your experience is lacking for a trip you describe, that could be rectified fairly quickly at one of the schools. Then you could get the list of boats for sale and make a charter/rental offer on ones that are up to the task. Who knows, with good credentials some owners might be willing to get a little cash flow from their boats. Times are tough and boats are expensive.