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crossing the Gulf Stream
troyaux, I have crossed the Gulf Stream many times on a variety of boats, all without incident.
If the wind is strong from the north, don''t go - the waves will make you feel like you are on a carnival ride gone haywire.
A wind from the S.E. would be on the nose.
A wind from the N.E. could be ok, as you need to point toward the S.E. to make your destination.
Beyond that, any other wind direction would be ok.
As I recal, on a small sailboat we pointed approxiametly 30 degree south of the destination at the start of the trip and made corrections along the way based on speed over the ground.
Do visit Bimini if you get the opportunity. A wonderful laid-back place, and not all that far away from Ft. Lauderdale.