I've done the trip from St. Petersburg to Isla the last three years. Two of which were single
handed. I went near the end of April when the risk of cold fronts was less and I could go straight through with a dependable weather
window. You can always stop at the Dry Tortugas
You will have a contrary and south setting current
after the Tortugas, then a light contrary set and finally the last 50 to 75 miles 2 to 3 knots of the Gulf Stream
on the nose. You'll be happy to make 3 to 4 knots over the ground but it's an easy trip. I have always looked at several sources for the position of the Gulf Loop Current
before leaving and then ignored them. It always there.
You must take time to enjoy Isla. Much fun, great food
. Lovely tourist Ladies in abundance. Not that I, a happily married man, noticed. 'Just sayin'...
The Port Captain
does insist upon a clearance form from customs
when leaving the states. He's serious about it. I downloaded the form and had the customs
officer at the airport
sign it. You can have the customs officer sign and stamp it in KW.
Have a great time,