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Susan, I don''t think your timetable is at all bad...and found it interesting that another Pearson owner from Tampa Bay wants to do the same thing we did in our Pearson in 2000.
Going north and watching weather carefully, you''ll find outside runs quite feasible. (You''re probably going thru Florida Bay but, if you can, don''t overlook using the Okeechobee Waterway - neat trip and you save time). If you''re a bit lucky, you can lace together offshore legs when you have a solid 24-48 f''cast, and continue plugging away in the Ditch when it''s snotty. Prevaling winds will be in your favor heading north, at least insofar as the Chesapeake.
As a fellow pilot, I think you''re looking for the ease and assurance of a ''flight plan'' when in reality this isn''t compatible with your alongshore plans. Boats move far slower than weather systems while planes move much faster, which is why flights we crunch out of our computers hours before flight generally are pretty accurate. Moreover, boats are far more susceptible to the physical consequences of typical, seasonal weather patterns, so you''ll want to have your weather f''cast skeds and planning carefully prep''d in advance (times, freqs, how to capture & update them). Having a working list of ''bail out'' inlets and nearby anchorages is also an important strategy, as there are several stretches in the Miami-Cape May run with no real way to get inside.
Good luck on the trip! Hopefully, you''ll be able to leave early enough you can actually enjoy it a bit. The way you describe it, it sounds like a delivery trip!