Can't fathom anyone wanting to sail "in and out" along this route, going northbound...at least not once past 28* N or so...
Bottom line is once you get past 28*N to 29*N, the Stream is usually so far out (N. FL and GA coasts curve well West) from the coast that you end up loosing quite some time "heading out" to the Stream and coming back in...
So, anyone contemplating doing this, doesn't actually try to get to the Stream, but rather are just sailing "outside" to avoid the hassles of the ICW
Specifically, you can make the whole passage
in 2 - 3 days, and this time of year you can easily find a 2-3 day weather window....
Originally Posted by wheresmyboat
Hello to all cruisers/sailors. Looking for some advice with regards to my upcoming sail from Fort Lauderdale
to Charleston. I am somewhat constrained by time .... woud like to complete the trip in about 10 days or less, so the ICW route is out. I have no problem sailing the coastline, and ducking in every once in a while (maybe nighly or every 2nd night), but if I do that, then why don't I just head
out into the Gulf Stream and bee-line it up to Charleston? I think that would take 3/4 days depending on weather.
I will be sailing a catamaran
, 40' long and 22' wide, and currently it will be myself and one other ... maybe a third if I can find one.
So any input is appreciated.
Fair Winds ....
In general, head out Port Everglades, and head northward, east of 80*W....
As an example, this weekend, I'd recommend you head East or ENE out of Port Everglades, until about 79* 40'W where you'll pick up the Stream....
Then head North, follow the rhumb line, to Charleston.
Be aware that along the first 125 - 150 nm, you'll have a nice 2kts of push from the Stream, but once near/past 28.5*N (40 - 50 miles off Cape Canaveral), you'll see the Stream make a turn eastward....but, you should still be able to use some slower (1/2 kts or so) favorable current
, up to past 30*N....and still have no adverse current
the rest of your rhumb line onto Charleston!
Here's some data from a few days ago...
THE APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF THE WEST WALL OF THE GULF STREAM AS OF JUN 14, 2016 AT 1200 UTC...
17 NAUTICAL MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF FOWEY ROCKS. 29 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF PORT EVERGLADES.
26 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF LAKE WORTH.
25 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF JUPITER INLET.
THIS DATA COURTESY OF THE NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE.
THE APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF THE WEST WALL OF THE GULF STREAM BASED ON THE REAL TIME OCEAN FORECAST SYSTEM FROM SUNDAY JUNE 12TH.
12 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF SAINT LUCIE INLET.
18 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF FORT PIERCE INLET.
28 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF SEBASTIAN INLET.
34 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF PORT CANAVERAL.
48 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF PONCE INLET.
For more details, you may wish to read some threads about the southbound passage
along this route (where the object is to avoid the Stream):
Avoiding Gulf Stream Current Headed S
Outside route from Hilton Head to Florida
Hope this helps..