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Re: Big goals or big dreams?
Have you considered a catamaran as apposed to a trimaran? Lots of living space there. I'm not fond of sailing catamarans bluewater, but that's because I'm just a monohull kinda gal. Cruisers I know who have catamarans love it. And let's face it, the space is substantially more than monohull. That's what I miss most about cats (used to run one professionally for a few years).
Other things to brush up on? I'd suggest navigation, off-shore medic, and heavy weather sailing techniques.
Along with you passport, don't forget your boat papers, a yellow Q flag. When you go into port, any foreign port, call harbour control. Let them know you're situation and intentions. They'll guide you from there. In some parts of the world you have to give an eta before you get there. Not sure about Panama tho because haven't been there.
All the best on your adventure.