I routinely make this run in the opposite path.
We both take different approaches to the same destination.
I hate dragging anything behind me. Besides the additional drag through the water, if the seas kick up, I can not imagine what it would be like to swamp or turtle a dink while being towed. I think if that happened I would have to cut it loose.
It's not the unseen items, but rather the seen items. There is plenty of large commercial traffic out there that you can clearly see from many miles away. I try to give them at least a one mile cushion.
Courtney is My Hero
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White