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A lot of people have made a big deal over the gulf stream crossing. First of all, it's pretty much a long day trip for most FL to Bahamas ports. We went from Key Biscayne to Bimini, left at 6am-ish and arrived at 4pm-ish. The seas weren't light when we went across - maybe 4-5ft and bumpy but it wasn't a big deal. Basically, you don't want to cross when there's a strong wind with any northern component, or if there was a strong wind with a northern component the day before. Light to medium-light winds (<10kts) with a northern component are bumpy but not horrible. It's really not as big a deal as everyone makes it out to be, but some people have had nasty trips and those are the ones you hear about. The reason people say to give yourself an extra day of good weather is meteorology is not an exact science - a lo pressure system due tomorrow could come howling up today all of a sudden, so having a "window" is a decent idea.
BTW - is the jump off point your decision or are you on someone else's boat? I'm not in love with Lake Worth as a jump off point. It's 5nm or so just to the inlet, plus you start north of Grand Bahamas and have the Gulf Stream pushing you north. It's a 75nm trip across. From Key Biscayne you can stay in Noname Harbor and be slightly more than a mile from the Ocean, and only have a 50nm trip or so. This is the way we took, and then off to Nassau and the Exumas. I guess it depends on where you're going next. Anyway, my two cents.
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