I know this isnt what you asked, but I thought I should mention this. Beware of the Nicaragua
rise. The charts through this area are based on ones from the 1800s, electronic or not. You may be tempted to hug the coast of nicaragua
, as it seems almost a safer option if you are afraid of the blue water
, but it is dangerous for just that reason. I spoke with a few people in the bar who were supposed to be in 100 feet of water and were in six. I think it must be totally wrong just past cabo gracias a dios. Do that during a big storm and you are toast. Some folks say that you have to watch out for smugglers from nicaragua during that run, but I think thats no more than anywhere really. One more reason to go the other way.
Get the Raines guide. Everyone swears by it. Go to the caymans, have a 15 dollar beer
and hang a right. Keep in as deep water as you can. I only did the trip once, and opinions may vary, I am no pro. But thats my 2cents for what its worth. If it was me I would check my weather window and put the hammer down and leave it down till I got to Providencia and enjoy the 50 cent beers. But then I'm a bit chicken. That passage
shook me up, bigggg breaking waves.
Man do I wish I was cruising!