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post #11 of Old 01-20-2014
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Re: Route from Maine to North Carolina

I wouldn't endorse the recommendation to go out around Cape Cod, unless perhaps you wanted to visit Nantucket... It will add considerable distance to the trip, and the passage thru Pollock Rip Channel can often require a timing of the tide just as much as the CC Canal...

Originally Posted by maccauley123 View Post

From there down the New Jersey coast appears I could either go largely inside or outside to Delaware Bay.
You can only do NJ inside from Manasquan to Atlantic City... Again, not recommended, except in the possible event of getting pinned in Manasquan in a strong onshore blow which will make running outside uncomfortable, and will raise the water level in the back bays/inside route...

Originally Posted by maccauley123 View Post
Once at Delaware Bay options seem to be up Delaware bay to Wilmington and then around and down through the Chesapeake which again would be interesting or just down the coast to Virginia Beach. The coast here seems to have many places to tuck in for the night or bad weather.
Uh, not really... Ocean City is really the only viable stop going outside the Delmarva... Chincoteague in an emergency, but you really don't want to head down outside without confidence in a good window to make it down to the Chesapeake Entrance...

Originally Posted by maccauley123 View Post
Once in Virginia Beach it seems a few hours sail down to Pamlico Sound and then from there down to the Neuse River and her new home.
Not sure what you mean by this one... It's about 65 miles down the beach to Oregon Inlet, which I certainly hope is not the route you're contemplating :-) Your only good option is to go in thru Hampton Roads and down the ICW to Albemarle Sound, where you have the option of continuing down the Ditch, or doing the Pamlico Sound route down to the Neuse... Chances are, this will take a few days, depending on your timing going thru Norfolk, it can take the better part of a day just to get from Mile 0 to Great Bridge, the bridge restrictions can make for some very slow going...

This can be such a nice trip, I'd suggest trying to allow more than 2 weeks, if possible, and smell some of the roses along the way... 2 weeks is certainly doable, but if you wind up going via the Delaware & Chesapeake Bays, you're gonna have to keep plugging, with little time for exploring or seeing some of the sights...
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