Originally Posted by Frogwatch
Buy a cheap 9.9 outboard and a mount for it. Go up there and put the 9.9 on. Cruise down the ICW to Stuart, Fl. Go across the Okechobee waterway. Go UP the ICW to Tarpon Springs. Motor the 60 miles to Cedar Key and then to Steinhatchee and then to either Carabelle, FL or to Spring Creek, FL (near St Marks). Both places have el cheapo yards.
Get the existing diesel running and motor south down the ICW. But every day sees more corrosion on the motor so get it running ASAP
If it is truly dead then see above.
I would not attempt to sail south with no engine at this time of year.