Anyone out there have sage advice for this trip? Preferably with experience...
I'm considering leaving St Pete for Bocas Del Toro. The ultimate goal is to spend a season there surfing - the main questions being:
1. Is my Oday 302 "good enough" for this voyage? She did superbly in the Bahamas
for 4 months, though with only 30 gals for water
and 20 for fuel
I became well acquainted with jerry cans :-/ I don't want to hear about the keel
falling off - it's been addressed.
2. Routing? St Pete > western/southern cuba
> cayman> san Andres> bocas? There are some smaller islands between the caymans and bocas. Stop or push through? Skip Cuba
? Should be a reach to broad reach most of the way in November, though with a light counter current
, according to pilot charts
. I've had the boat in 40kt winds and 20' seas for 48 hrs or so, and though unpleasant, she handled it well (following seas and a very broad reach/run).
In the end, I'll make my own decisions about going, but I know there are skippers out there with much experience in this area of the world. Those experiences are like currency. Please share. Thanks.
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