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Re: Need one hand willing to work for travel from Northeast to Southwest
Otimistically, an 1800nm sail. Meaning more like 2200nm allowing for tacking. In a boat capable of maybe 5 knots, ignoring any adverse currents. Hmmm....The only way that works out to 18 days is IF you have perfect weather (won't happen for 18 days this time of year) AND you're sailing 24x7, which is unlikely with just two and with an old boat that, no offense to your aunt, hasn't been setrialed for a major offshore run.
I'm guessing with weather delays and whatnot, four weeks. Three at the best. And that's assuming you have a desalinator aboard, because there's no way you'll stow three weeks worth of water on that boat, forget about the food. And if you don't carry it all on the boat--there goes your schedule, because you can't just pop in and out of places to reprovision on that trip, not unless you add lots more miles and time.
I admire the Great Adventure, but suspect you'd better make sure you and your crew have six weeks available "just in case". And if things go too slowly, forget rounding Florida and take the Okeechobee canal across to cut off another week.