I'm a (relatively) young professional, and have had the idea in the back of my mind for quite a while that sometime before I reach 40 (which is fast approaching) I want to sail from my home port (East Greenwich, RI) down the coast to the Caribbean (likely stop somewhere like the BVI's). Plan would then be to have the boat delivered back to NE.
My question(s) are related to how long of a trip I should plan on. I'll need to take a short sabbatical from work for such a trip, and am trying to figure out what a realistic timeframe is. Obviously it could be as fast/slow as I want, depending on how often I stop, but I'm trying to figure out what would be the best balance between setting sail through open ocean directly to the BVI's, vs. coastal-cruising down. I do want it to be fairly relaxed, and one of the main goals is to see bits of the US and islands I've never been to along the route, so I'd be planning on a good number of stops of a day or two here and there.
Any advice appreciated, especially from anyone that's ever done such a cruise!
Sailing from East Greenwich, RI
2000 C36 MKII, M35B, "Chinook", Hull#1900