To the first post,
Go for it. Yeah, use your secondary, but I recommend you get a couple more cases of bottles and once the beer clears whether in secondary or primary, bottle it. It's safer (less chance of light, oxidation, and contamination) if you get the brew in bottles than to leave it in carboys IMO. If you want a beer that's ready fast, do a simple brew. When I say simple, I say one that's not very complex in terms of alcohol/hops. Check this thread out http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/agin...cussion-84005/
it's a great discussion on aging your brews. Technically, once your beer is done fermenting it can be bottle conditioned and drank as soon as it was carbonated, but beers with a high alcohol content are better candidates for long term aging. I'd say you would be safe by May, but it would be better in August, and probably better than that in December.
To the second post,
There is a lot of talk about brews sitting on yeast cakes and most of us homebrewers have found that autolyis is dang near a myth if not a guaranteed myth with most modern yeast strains. I've let brews sit in the primary for 2 months without any off flavors.