What is your destination in Florida? while on our 1 year sabatical out of the Great Lakes in 2008 my wife and i chose to take the outside route from Charleston to Fernandina Beach, Fla. avoiding a lot of East West motoring, shallow water and 9 foot tides in Georgia. i just laid out a rumbline from the outer breakwater of Charleston Harbor to St. Mary's inlet but because a front was approaching opted to go in at St. Simons and got a slip at New Brunswick Marina. this track was about 120nm and took us about 20nm offshore but much less to worry about than being just 3 miles offshore and the stars were incredible. we left Charleston city marina Dec. 7th at 12pm and arrived at the dock in New Brunswick Dec. 8th at 2pm. sailed all but 3 hours of the trip and Dolphins every where.
The inner limit of the gulf stream in this section of the coast runs about 50nm offshore and if you look at the Pilot charts it creates a sort of eddy in the coast line with about a 1/2kt current flowing south.
Whatever way you chose enjoy your trip, it will go fast.
S/V Wendy Michelle
On the hard in Sandusky,Ohio