- - Technically you may not be crossing a region of water
that is named the Mona Passage
- but you are crossing the larger region that has the same attributes as the Mona. Given that the trades are east (a little north or a little south depending upon the season) you will be punching to a mixture of south flowing water
from the Mona and west flowing water from underneath Puerto Rico
. If you go further south you will be solidly in the westerly winds of the trades (15-20 kts) and the normal waves 5-8 feet by mid-day. All of this right on your bow.
- - The further south you are the less effect the North American weather
fronts will have depressing the normal trades and giving you low winds and waves.
- - It is about 1280 (+/-)nm from Bocas to Boqueron, P.R. if you go north to Jamaica
then the D.R. and then to Boqueron. If you go from Bocas to Aruba/Curacao straight east then north to P.R. it is about 1140 nm. So there is not that much difference except the northern route
is down current
/ beam reach first then slog east while the southern route
is slog east first then beam reach to P.R.