Buying a boat while living in Illinois with the plan to bring her home one-day is not crazy. Buying a boat in Florida while living in Illinois and never having seen or been on board the boat, well that is a little different. But, you bought a boat with a fine reputation, that is a good thing. If it were me, I would plan on relocating to wherever the boat is for a few months as I refit.
Yes, Wandering Star is correct. Probably get by with Chart Books, Cruising Guides, and a plotter. But it would not hurt to have some better charts of some of the approaches and inlets on the Eastern Seaboard. For the Great Lakes, I have always gotten away with Chart Books.
Let me know when youíre ready to come north and if you will need any help. I might just be available as a voluntary crew. (We sail Lake Michigan and live in Northwest Indiana.) Good luck.
Courtney is My Hero
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White