Sail Marsh Harbour Bahamas to West Palm Florida
I have a 51 Ft monohull and want to take it from Marsh Harbour Bahamas to West Palm Florida. It looks like I can either go north or south. This would be my longest sail ever, so I'm wanting it to be as easy & safe as I can. I prefer to break it up into shorter (<14 hours) sails instead of sailing nonstop legs.
North looks appealing: Stay inside the eastern barrier islands around Coopers Town and Little Abaco. Then do a long sail to Great Sale Cay for an overnight. Another long sail to West End for another overnight. Then cross the gulf stream to West Palm (58 NM).
I'm told that it would be better to cross the gulf stream from the south; starting at Bimini instead of West End. That looks like a stay in Sandy Point, long sail to Chistern Cay for an overnight, then another long sail to Bimini. Bimini to West Palm is a longer (72 NM), but with the current.
Anyone have experience or opinions on this?