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Hare-Brained: Don't Do it
Having no first-hand experience I say don't do it. From everyone I know and everything I have read I gather that chartering is Very Hard On The Boat. As I know you know, cruising and deadlines don't mix while deadlines and chartering are closer than first cousins.
You normally pay to have the boat hauled, mast unstepped, and the boat trucked to your home in the fall, repeating this whole procedure in the spring, right? My guess is that it will cost you less to store the boat in the BVI than in Newport, RI (and environs) and will save you and the boat TONS of wear and tear.
My other fear is that you will return to the boat ready to sail North only to find that she is NOT ready to sail North, leaving you in a major pickle.
Finally, if your real purpose is to gain some time at sea then there must be a better way.
My worthless .02 cents, Jay.
PSC 37 # 171, Kenlanu