Had done this trip annually in a 52’ Kanter with 72’ mast
......offshore all the way.
There is a lot of info on the gulfstream on line...use it to your advantage as it really gives you a boost going north.
In a 5 day trip, you will have one spell of bad weather...prepare.
To go south, we would pass the tip of Long Island
and aim for the Bahamas
...keeps you out of the stream, then cross the stream west when suitable.
We carry 450 gallons diesel
was never an issue. I suspect much less in your boat..so you will want to research
where you can get in and get fuel
without the bridge restriction. May need it.
There are some inside routes around cape hattaras through the diamond shoals. Research
this and have the waypoints in your back pocket Incase the weather is really snotty.
Timing is always important. Going south we waited until hurricane
season was over. Going north we always wanted to go early to take advantage of short season.