"Is it realistic to think I can get from MH to West End in 2 days?"
I'm not familiar with the Maine Cat
30, but I would think it's doable. I assume you are stopping in WE to check weather
. I can't think of any other reason to stop there, unless you just like throwing away money
. If the weather
looks good I'd go straight from GSC to the White Sand Ridge or Mantaniilla Shoal and head
for either St. Lucie or Ft. Pierce Inlet. Ft. Pierce is the better inlet, but St. Lucie should be OK, although I've only gone out through it, never into.
"Is there a better way to break this up than pushing all the way to GSC? "
Friends have anchored on the Little Bahama Bank when tired in settled weather. There ought to be several places to drop the hook for a few hours sleep. I've always gone straight to GSC from GTC or Powell Cay, which are easily reached from MH in a 1/2 day.
"I'm going to try and pre-register with SVRS, but I'm not sure if they will take it ..."
Definitely the best option, as no need to stop in Stuart or Ft. Pierce. I'm not sure why CBD wouldn't allow it as the boat is properly registered in the US. I don't know why your ownership
of it would be an issue. I assume delivery
skippers use SVRS all the time.
"Recommendations for anchorage or marina near Stuart "
Several friends like the Manatee Pocket. Lots of marinas
to choose from. If you arrive at the St. Lucie Inlet late. drop the hook off Jensen Beach on the side of the ICW
that gives the best protection.
Edited to add: For the SVRS you will need to get the decal number for the boat, which you can do once you get there and then register with the SVRS via the Internet
. You and all in your crew will need LBO cards - otherwise it is a stop in Stuart or Ft. Pierce.