Whether you go ICW or outside is a personal choice assuming your draft
is not too deep and your mast
is not too high. Also it depends on how much time you have for the trip. Going outside is a lot easier as you don't have to watch the depth sounder
every minute and you can put her on autopilot
. The main factor on an outside passage
. Personally I go outside on this leg when I take it but that's usually in May or June when the winds are more favourable. If you want an interesting, scenic trip the ICW is the way to go. If you want to get to Hilton Head asap, go outside. Of course there is the middle ground approach which is to take a trip up to the St. Mary's river in the ICW and then a short hop outside, skipping Georgia
to Hilton Head. This might be the best approach as it will give you a few days in relatively safe waters to get to know your new boat.