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I would pay to have her delivered. As said above, 4 days max and this would be considered as close to a milk run as you get, albeit cold right now. You should find many capable and willing. Off shore from the Deleware to NY harbor is the only tricky part, but can be timed since you don't seem to be in a hurry. Personally, I would pay the extra day to get her all the way to Mystic, rather than mess with the logistics of a swap in NYC in winter.
I generally agree that one would expect a fair inventory to be closer to home, but clean boats can be hard to find. You just need to factor the couple of thousand to transport either way and how much clean up that would allow you to do to a nearby boat. I suspect this distance is on the bubble. If you really like her and she is in good shape or you know you are getting a good deal, go get her.
Unfortunately, it sounds like her current yard is charging farewell prices. They are getting their last licks. To be more generous, they might be charging a premium as this is prime haul out season there and you're not paying winter storage like the rest. If you do truck her, call some other yards.
Best of luck.
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