On the chart, I see the Boyton, Boca Raton and Hillsboro inlets. I am not familiar with those. Does anyone know if they are easy to get in and good for an overnight? It certainly would help me by stretching the first leg a bit more.
Boynton is *NOT AN OPTION*
for you. For one, this is one of the most dangerous inlets in the USA...its really not designed for navigation...I've seen triple engine center consoles go vertical here and every year it seems a diveboat capsizes. Second, and more importantly...
there is a low fixed bridge there.
If you're worried about the distances...here are the two inlets I would recommend. Port of Palm Beach (short hop from Stuart) or Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale (a decent slog).
While Boca Raton and Hillsboro are navigable inlets, there are draw bridges on both of those inlets which makes navigating them very tricky and downright dangerous if there is a outgoing tide. I believe the bridges on both of those inlets are on demand.
If I were to pick one and had no choice, Hillsboro is more navigable. But Boca Raton has Lake Boca right there which is a good, if crowded, anchorage. But if I'm tired after a long passage and making a night entry, there is no way I'd do either.
Once you get south of Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades, the only real inlet will be Government Cut/Miami. Haulover is a fixed bridge inlet, so forget that one.