FL==>NC advice needed
My wife and I are purchasing our first boat, a 42-ft Beneteau, in Fort Lauderdale and plan to move it this spring to North Carolina. We have friends who have taken a boat up the outside route before, and we can call on them to crew for a least part of the trip. We've motored the ICW enough on charters to know that we really do not want to go that route. Time is not an issue; we are both retired.
One scenario we have constructed is to add two experienced crew persons and ride the Gulf Stream under sail as far north as Savannah, GA, in early May if the weather cooperates. Then, we were thinking the two of us should be able to inlet hop the rest of the way, with perhaps one or two overnight passages as needed. I know the ICW might be faster, but we want to get the ocean sailing experience without the commitment of an extended passage.
Anybody ever done a similar trip and have useful advice?