Hi, I dont know if you still want to do this trip,
but i want to add my 0.02 ,too .
I didnt have any experience sailing or on any sailboat .
and 5 years ago I bought my 27ft paceship, used, at the same time I bought some good books about sailing, Annapolis seamanship, storm tactis, and many others , I wanted to travel arround the caribbean, and go to bay islands honduras where i have some friends .
for 4 months I practice in intercoastal waters and bays. and slowly gained confidence and went sailing on the coast, and gulf stream, in florida .
I went bahamas, CUBA (please dont listen to every one, and do not miss it!! ),
isla mujeres, and found my way down, belize , and honduras .
the current againts me, sometimes make it dificult . It is very important DO NO BE IN A HURRY , never say "i have to be there xxx day" , because if that happens eventually you will sail from port with bad weather or not a perfect pronostic.
good luck and have fun!! .
PS: my total budget on this 9 months trip was 10k . and was enough.
with 20k, more than better, for EPIRB and more safety and charts.
ps: sorry for my english .!!