Wow, thats gonna be an ugly fuel bill. Have you done the math versus yacht transport?
Most obvious route
, Windward Passage
, San Andreas, Bocas del Toro, Colon (assuming you're going to the Canal). Ive run all of this route except the Jamaica
- San Andreas leg (did Jamaica - Bay Islands instead...and then years later around to San Andreas). But all under sail...burnt less underway between FL and Honduras
than you will in 2 hours...ouch.
- Jamaica and Jamaica - San Andreas legs are going to present fuel capacity issues for you.
can get pretty sporty, call your weather
window carefully. Lots of commercial
traffic here, and FL Straits, and approaches to Panama Canal
...AIS and RADAR
good to have in these areas.
Typically little or no wind
after you get S of about 11N...good for a power vessel.
Running a straight line course between Bocas and Colon should put you in a favorable current
...I learned this running it the opposite direction...not good.
You will want to keep an eye on the extent of the area of rough seas off of Colombia
...this can expand over to the San Andreas area at times.
Some interesting and variable current
patterns after you leave Jamaica, I suggest pro routing for that leg. I used Chris Parker for our Jamaica - Bay Islands leg...saved us a ton of time versus the rhumb line course.
If you can find a copy "Gentlemans Guide to Windward" that may provide some useful route ideas for you...although written mostly for sailing vessels it is relevant for power too.
Get a copy of the "Rains Guide". It will be useful to you for planning the W Carib parts
. Get Eric Bauhaus' guide for Panama