stay in the marked channel, favoring the north side. once inside check the bouys carefully - they can be confusing because they lead straight ahead (to st augustine and the ics south), to the left (salt run) and to the right (icw north).
DO NOT attempt the inlet in rough seas. with your draft
you can easily be dropped down a square wave in the inlet and hit bottom - not good with a fin keel
/ spade rudder
. in bad weather jacksonville
to the north is the closest 'all weather' inlet.