This web site has a great outline for passage planning. While it is meant for the big guys, recreational boaters can benefit from the process as well.
Ship Passage Planning
ISPA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)