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I would guess the trucking to be around 5k to Texas, plus about a grand or so rigging and derigging (each). Count on about 7k-7500 if you do most of it yourself. Really rough guess, because fuel changes, etc. Dockwise will be exponentially more than that (20k+) in my opinion, but I am using an educated guess from quotes in the past on both trucking and sending by ship. However, the trip you are talking about through the ditch and back up should not be taken lightly and would be a "questionable seamanship" decision for a shakedown cruise. Even the coast of Texas and across is tough.
THose are just my opinions. I would truck it at least to Texas, maybe all the way to Florida. The cost difference may/may not be more than a couple 2-3k. However, if you want to get the trip of a lifetime and have lots of time and money, be all means, take the ditch and across. Stop in the Baha/Mexico, Gutemala, Yucatan, and up the islands. Had another set of friends that were outfitted for just that and went up the Baha - 5 years later were still there and never went to the islands. Fell in love with the Mexican people there and the beauty. If anyone has spent much time down there, I will give their first names (as some of the finest people/cruisers I have ever met) Larry & Beth on a 49 Defever.
If you want more info on that, or anything, just let me know. Nice boat, the 44. Hope she serves you well.