We made this run about 14 years ago in our gulfstar
41. A really nice trip except from Bay Islands, Honduras
to Providencia which was a hard beat in poorly charted waters, and from Cartagena
which was much worse.
There was a group of boats in Cartagena
, which we referred to as the comeback club, who had ventured east several times and appeared destined to spend the rest of their lives in Cartagena.
It was quite an adventure, but not worth the wear and tear on our boat and ourselves. With the current and wind in our faces we had a 22 mile day, and others not much better. A trawler
which left at the same time had her generator
break loose and wreak havoc in the engine
room along with the bulkhead at the back of the chain locker busting up and setting 200' of 3/8 chain loose inthe forepeak.
A fast 44 foot catamaran
left Cartegena at about the same time, but they cheated and beat across to Jamaica
for a couple of days in Ocho Rios, and then a run down to Aruba. They were long gone by the time we got to Aruba.
I wouldn't recommend the southern route to anyone.
I would however take louhunt's advice if I were to try it again.