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Re: Florida to Barbados - How to?
So let's say
$2500 for an installed autopilot
$4000 for a 4-man offshore life raft
$1000 for a satphone and service
$1000 to upgrade with a solar panel, regulator, extra battery, LED running lights
AIS, trivial. SSB, debatable.
Maybe $8500 and you'll want that all for your return trip eventually anyhow. Which means you could spend another eight or ten grand on delivery crews, airfare, etc. and sail it down, or have it sailed down, and still come out eight grand AHEAD of the shipping costs, because you'd be buying that gear for your return trip.
Depending on timing and other constraints, if you cna find one crew to bring it down to FL and a second crew--or vacation time--to bring it the rest of the way, I'd think that's a lot less "convenient" but way more attractive. Or, again considering the shipping costs, put the emotions aside and sell the boat, buy another one down there. $18k in shipping costs is one hell of a a "convenience fee".