Sorry for the late post...
We finally decided we did not want to beat to weather so we did it the easy way like 'Dreaming Yachtman' and went over the top.
A lovely 4 day sail to Miami
in the 2-3 knot
current with a lay over in the Dry Tortugas
A lovely week in Coconut Grove.
Then we went due east through the Providence Channel and out east until we picked up the trades to go south to St Thomas. We did not have to go to 65W but got the trades at 66W.
Going east we did have to sail towards Bermuda
for 2 days but the conditions were lovely and we were catching fish
Total sea time was 13 days with 10 days of lovely easy sailing and 2-3 days of motoring because the winds were light. My wife gets an itchy starter finger when the boat does less than 3 knots.
In the Islands we met a boat that had spent 12 days beating to weather to do St Pete to the DR when they took the South of Cuba Route.
Total breakage on the 1,700 mile trip was a $9 shackle which sure beats the things I have broken on two trips down the 'Thorny Path.'