Originally Posted by johnnyquest37
I like Chef's suggestion. I've not done the C&D in the darkness, but folks tell me that it is no big deal. I have done the Delaware in the dark - have to say that I'd rather not do it in the dark again, especially the bay entrance at Cape Henlopen.
Last month, I went the other way from what you are planning - Entered the Delaware Bay at Cape Henlopen right before slack water and rode the current all the way up the Delaware Bay, into the C&D and south to Poole's Island. Time it right and you can make 5-7 knots the whole way. Time it wrong and you'll make 2-3 knots.
Exactly. Can usually go one hour before the tide changes as the current has slowed down big time ( that's why I advocate current as opposed to tide )
Going back up the Delaware (North) you get 6.5 hours pf current assist vs going South you get 5.5 hours.
Last year we left Cape May dock at 6 AM one hour before current change and shot up the Delaware, through the Canal and were chased in by a waterspout to our dock in 14.5 hours arriving at 8:30. Best time we had ever made ( worst greenhead flies though). We averaged 7.25 knots.
The Canal at night with the yellow arc lights looks like a strip mining operation.