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david, I don't know if you plan to make that an overnighter or a two day trip. Either way, LI Sound is fairly sheltered water and there are plenty of places to duck in on the north coast of it. And, excellent weathercasts. All you need is a 48-hour weather window predicting smooth water, say, calling for no more than 2' wave heights or 10-15 knots. A 25'er with an outboard in more than that, and you'll wind up slow, wet, uncomfortable, faster than anything else, especially if the weather decays and it becomes 2-4' with 20 knots. Which still needn't be dangerous, but certainly will be a more, ah, exciting ride.
Do read Eldridge, or get the tidal current charts, because following those can make a huge difference in your progress. And if you're staying out at night, the Sound can be a beautiful place to be--but keep a visual and VHF watch for barge traffic. That's a bigger danger than the weather in the Sound.