P + M,
Interesting question about the weather
. The answer is nobody knows. Hopefully it'll be a good year for crossing. Some years there's lots of windows, some years not so many. The good thing about a boat your size is that you only need a very small window. I would keep going till Nassau
. You can clear in here and your friends can fly home if they wish.
A good friend of mine tells of their first crossing. They had a flotilla of five boats which included a 23 footer who wanted a three day window. They finally crossed in April! Spent most of the winter ( Dec - April) in Marathon.
Once the wind
starts clocking and the seas lay down a bit, go for it! You'll hear a lot of chatter on the vhf
and everybody'll be quoting Chris Parker or Herb (these two are the weather gurus). When you wake up in the morning and the anchorage is deserted you'll know you missed it. When the boats start coming back in you might be glad you missed it.
It's always an interesting time. See you out there.