Why all the gloom and doom about crossing the Gulf Stream
? I just did it (Miami to Bimini) in a solid easterly 20-25 kts.
We left at 7am and arrived late afternoon the next day. Sure it was bumpy and the waves are speed killers, but thats sailing and sailing is FUN!
I single-handed on the way back. Departed about 8am, arrived back in Miami
as the sun was going down and a "severe" thunderstorm came through. Since I'd never sailed through Government
Cut, and there was a gaggle of container ships hanging around outside, and I couldnt see anything, I reefed down and sailed it out in the shallows off Miami
Beach till the weather cleared and entered around 11pm.
Don't let the uber-cautiousness freak you out!