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Re: Advice Asked - Don't want to Push it
You have not indicated what type of boat you have nor your experience, but from your question, I would assume you have little coastal experience. There is a southbound counter current that runs inside the gulfstream, close to shore. However it is pretty narrow and should you venture into the gulfstream in a southerly your 4.5 knots average could very well be in the wrong direction! I have seen a southerly wind speed up the current in the stream to 8+ knots!
I would wait for an easterly or westerly wind to go south and stay in the counter current if your coastal navigation skills are up to it. Otherwise run 3 to 5 miles offshore and bite the bullet regarding the current.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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