I agree with Steve. If you're going to Faro, then you can do the trip all inside, for maximizing the comfort. I go outside via Channel 5 only b/c our first stop is usually Hawks Cay Resort. Otherwise, I would have continue on the inside. There's enough water for our our boats. Lobster pots are like a mine field. But, they appear in sections. There are a lot more of them on the bay side, but Hawks Channel has tons of them as well. I usually have my Autopilot going 95% of the time. I had to steer myself for the most part in the HK Channel.