Your furthest point offshore
to avoid will be Frying Pan Shoals. Find the Frying Pan Shoals Slue on the charts. It's quite easy and wide enough to get through. We did it in the dark last week going overnight from Beaufort south.
I consider radar
important for any passage
like this but that might be because I'm a wimp. We run radar
all the time while underway offshore. You didn't mention if you have it or not.
After Frying Pan Shoals you can get closer to the coast to lessen the effects of the Gulf Stream
. With nice weather, it's a great trip. We usually stay 6-10 miles offshore.
Keep a list of bail out points - Masonboro inlet, Cape Fear River, Winyah Bay inlet, Charleston inlet, Port Royal Sound, Saint Simons Sound, Savannah River inlet, Amelia River inlet, and St Johns River inlet all all safe, all weather, entry points - even in darkness. Almost all have good anchorages
or close marinas
once you're out of the inlet.
Heading into the Amelia River and turning north to Cumberland Island, Georgia
is a treat. It's a national park and a wonderful place to catch up on some rest and enjoy yourself.