- - If you stay inside the whole way to Norfolk which I did one year just to see what I was missing by going "outside," It took me about one month. Georgia
and the Carolinas are big problems due to shoaling and the need to only run on a rising tide which knocks you down to 6 hours a day. Then the places to stop are so wonderful you want to stay an extra day. A happy medium is part outside and part inside. Generally from Jacksonville
area to Morehead City
outside then inside to Norfolk with times given by others.
- - I did the whole route
outside riding the Gulfstream to about Norfolk and then following the coast of New Jersey
then east along the south side of Long Island
and it took 5 days. If you want to do the whole thing outside do not go directly from the Gulfstream to the eastern end of Long Island
- - from abeam Norfolk follow the coastline of Maryland
and New Jersey
and then turn right to follow the south side of Long Island. If you go direct you will encounter the "north wall event" where the Gulfstream hits the deep underwater wall of the continental shelf and then surges upwards to make horrendous standing and confused waves - believe me - a horrible event to encounter as I did one moonless night at 03:00. Go west of this wall and then follow along north of it.