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Is this the green Colvin made with (if I recall) Corten steel that was on Yachtworld for a long time?
Nice looking boat, but not a beginner's vessel. The complexities of the gaff rig, the semi-unknown state of the engine, the fuel in the tanks, the gunk in the tanks, the state of the running rigging (was the boat unmasted or have those lines been static in the Florida sun for two years), the state of the sails, etc.
All unknown, or "under" known, maybe.
The trip is a big enough task to complete at this time of the year, but the inspection and the test sail(s) to determine what's rotten or finished or needs attention are going to take an unknown amount of time.
If it were me, I would arrange storage on land in Florida, but I would spend my time off sailing it in Florida (where the winter weather will still break things, but at least it's warmer.)
Because I think to take a boat that maybe saw many underused and underserviced seasons (owned by an old man, right?) no matter what its inherent other qualities (and they may be many) into winter weather of that ambition is not a sound idea.
Many little old ladies own rust-free 1988 Chrysler New Yorkers that they drive 1,500 miles a year to and from the cat clinic and the bingo. Manny down at the garage probably gets fifty bucks for checking their tire pressure, doing an oil change and cleaning their battery posts.
You are proposing taking that little old lady's car from the bingo parking lot directly into a trans-Mojave Desert road rally.