May can be variable. It's a shoulder season weather-wise, so you may still the occasional front shifting winds to N. You probably know this, but avoid the Gulf Stream
when winds are out of the N.
I've only been from farther south,,where the stream is super close. If the weather
is conducive, you can make some easting beyond the rhumb line to offshore
hatteras, and you won't be disappointed in the time saved once you're on the magic carpet. If you and the boat are prepared, it's something you don't want to miss on a northward passage! No telling how fast you could go in that boat, it will blow your mind if you can make 10 knots through the water
alone, then add the assist from current
. Plus it's beautiful out there.
With good weather reports offshore
, you can make for cape fear or Beaufort
NC if forecast
doesn't support staying in the stream and around hatteras. In a good forecast
it is fine, but stay alert, hatteras weather can be unpredictable in the shoulder seasons. At least thunderstorm activity should be low, but not nonexistent. This is a classic passage, doesn't get any better. Lots of places to head
in on the way north, but farther away if you're in the stream axis. Make sure you have something besides VHF
for Wx and comms, as you're pretty far out there.
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