I'm thinking since you've got a trailerable sport fish
, why not tow it all the way down to Miami
and run over to Bimini
? That's only a 2-3 hour run for you. Not much room to get into trouble, IF you wait for the correct weather
. There is great fishing
, plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and diving
, and affordable marinas
to spend the night, many of them with affordable rooms.
By all means, do NOT try this crossing when there is any northerly component to the wind
(or too soon after a norther has been blowing). Buy the Explorer Chartbook and carefully read about the crossing before you attempt it. You can get the Chartbook at the marina there in Palm Coast, I bet. You'll probably also find lots of people there who can tell you about crossing to the Bahamas.
If you pick the right weather
window, the trip will be a cakewalk.
Have fun. Surely you'll pick up some other advice.