Re: How to Proceed...
I would stop in NSB because I am picking up my uncle for the gulf crossing. Also, my grandparents (sailors) live in NSB so I wanted to stop and visit for 2 or three days before I started the leg to West Palm Beach.
I had not really considered the Keys... Could you explain why they would be a better option during hurricane season? Are the keys less prone or have better hurricane holes than the abacos or turks and caicos or Puerto Rico?
I mean, i guess I could cruise around the Northern regions (Abaco's) and have plenty of time to run back to the keys if that were the case. However my whole intention of reaching Rico faster is to find work and start living there for six months or a year. If I float around I will be burning up resources. I am sure I could find work in the Keys at a bar or restaurant if I had to but again, why re they the better choice during hurricane season?
I will get the book you have recommended.
Also, why do you consider NSB so bad? It is a bit narrow but other than that seems fine.