I've dont the trip 3 times and all between march until may... Winter and early spring will give you the calmest seas BETWEEN fronts.. We harbor hopped all the way down so all our trips were less than 12 hours, and we motored most of the way.. We also got stuck in ports
for up to two weeks waiting for a window..
Pe prepaired to wait out the lows and take advantage of the calms between..
After a low passes, which could take days, give it a day for the seas to mellow and then pull out for the next port.. and sometimes you only have 24 to 48 hours before the next front comes through..
A summer passage
presents its own set of issues as the winds build daily, along with the sea state..
We've kinda found the best time to run the north coast is April and May as the fronts between further apart, the winds are light, and the seas are calm. but as I said, be prepaired to motor
being stuck in a port is really not to bad if you are NOT on a time limmit.. It gives you the time to walk around and see the little spots we most often by-pass by car.
Many time I've driven the north coast but it wasnt until I was stuck in places like Fort Bragg that I got to know the area.. little out-of-the-way shops, bookstores, and the like, that you normally dont have time to stop and visit..
Some of the best places we've ever visited, were due to weather conditions shutting us down for a few days, where we were forced to stay in one place..