jagbch -- a couple of comments -my former sig other and i did it after the annapolis boat show a couple of years ago - we did come down the ditch to avoid the cape - a couple of things -
first does your insurance company know you are bring your boat to fla at the start of hurricane season??
second -- get boatus unlimited towing - just in case as you do have to pay attention all the way down the ditch and a few yards can put you on the hard -- no big deal - as they say there are sailors who put her aground and those who say they never have are just not telling the truth
third - get a good guide and the latest edition you can for the ditch and read and study it
the two of us did it and went off at cape fear river for a long run but the flu finally forced us to put in at cape canaveral
chuck and s/ soulmates