Thanks for the great pointers everybody. As I expected the members here are a wealth of information!
SVAuspicious- Thanks for the thoughts and hooking up with you for a direct sail across is very tempting, but I think I want to take my time and ease up the coast in short hops this time. I am using this trip as a 'decompression' trip between work and returning to school in January (need time on the boat to convince myself once again that I am not too old to be in school). I am hoping that my kids, brothers, sisters, in-laws, friends, etc. will join for a day or two at different points along the way. I suspect that I will have a boat full in the Keys and Bahamas and be alone north of Georgia :-)