I made a trip from the Abacos to the Chesapeake Bay
in mid-May, 2005. We entered the Gulf Stream
off Cape Canaveral and rode
it all the way to Cape Hatteras. We had a 3 kt boost most of the way, and even up to 4 kts for a while.
I had a weather
giving me daily updates via SSB email
. You can get some pretty vicious fronts coming through that time of the year, but we had a very calm trip. Prior to leaving, I downloaded Lat/Lon coordinates of the northern edge of the Stream and plotted them on my route
so we could stay in the current
near the northern boundary. If things got too hairy, my plan was to get out of the stream and head
for an inlet on the coast.
in and southeast of the Stream can be challenging, so I highly recommend having professional weather routing assistance, unless you're very good at understanding the weather on your own.