Crossing the Gulf Stream
is a problem when strong wind
is blowing against the current
. It makes the sea stand up, and you can get what looks like square waves on the front of each breaking sea. That being said, as long as a person is not sailing to a schedule, there's no reason to cross the Gulf stream
in unfavorable condtions. We never crossed the stream unless the wind
and seas were favorable. We've always waited until the seas were flat and motorsailed across. It's really not that big of a deal. It's only 48 miles to Bimini
, and if you motor
at six knots, you can be over there in eight hours.
But if you get in a hurry (if you have a ten day vacation
and must get across because of your schedule) then you are asking for trouble.
I don't worry about the Gulf Stream because I don't sail to a schedule. If you are smart, you will pick your weather
, and you will motorsail across when the water
is as smooth as a baby's bottom.