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Re: Need some advice
Would the plan be to sail thought the panama canal then across to Europe? Or all the way around S America? Either way this is a major undertaking, and unless you are just driving for speed could take months. Realistically I would guess a year or more unless you are really just sailing non-stop.
Figure the trip would be... Around 8,000 miles strait line, though much of it would be against the wind and current. Figure an average boat speed of 100miles/day and you are still looking at almost 3 months non-stop sailing to complete this trip. Even pushing you would likely be looking at almost six months to bring it over on its own hull. Certainly possible, but a large time sink, and frankly not a lot of fun to just push that hard on a delivery.
You also have to assume a significant amount of monetary costs for the boat in terms of spares, fuel, broken bits, new sails, ect... And most likely you would have to hire crew to make this type of trip. Even the deep water sailors I know wouldn't be willing to make this type of commitment for free. Figure $100/day/person and you are going to need at least two others to drive the boat 24/7. Without running serious numbers I would guess it will cost at least $20,000 to make this trip and that is assuming nothing goes wrong. Though most of this is in crew cost, so if you can get people to sail for free, you could save here.
You could look into a yacht transport company by water, but I haven't idea what the costs are for these. It could be rediculious.
Personally I would consider selling your boat in the states, and buying something else where you wind up. It would tug at my hearstrings, but it could be financially unjustified regardless of how it's moved.