Any boat can be a buddy boat I s'pose.
Usually sailboats are slower than your Chris Craft so you may have to throttle back a bit. Because of crabbing into the stream I would average 4.5 knots over the ground.
On a good crossing day there is usually enough traffic between Florida
and the Bahamas
to always hail somebody in sight if safety
is a concern.
On a bad day you may be the only one out there and buddy boating
may be more important.
(My worst crossing was with wind
and waves almost head
on and waves up to 9 feet. It took 14 hours, never again)
Best crossings have been with the sea as flat as a mirror and 8.5 hours Eastbound. Usually somewhere in between. Look for a marine forecast
with seas no more than 2-3 feet and settled weather, or go behind a weak front with South West winds. North winds tend to kick up the waves.
Plenty of good cruising guides
on the subject.
Remember the most dangerous thing on a boat is a calendar...