Welcome aboard, Q.
I've never made the trip, but others here have done it successfully. If in saying "Hoping to make 8 knots good" you mean 8 Kts VMG (velocity made good), that might be a bit high, but 8 Kts avg fwd speed might be doable. You'll be facing the pounding surf for a good part of the ride which will slow you a bit.
would have good info on stops along the way.