Annapolis to Newport
We made the trip from NY down to Kent Island this spring. The marina in the C&D mentioned is probably Schaefer''s. It''s an along-side, deep water tie-up with a nice restaurant and discounts for paying cash for the dockage. There is a marina across the canal with access to the town. The water may be too thin for you.
At Cape May, we stayed at Utz Marina which is on the Alantic side of the 50'' bridge. A few good restaurants and walking distance to most provisioning.
Atlantic City had many pricey marinas but we saved a little by staying at Millers (I think that was the name). It''s kind of run down. A better choice might have been the marina in front of the Flying Cloud Restaurant. Call the restaurant. They have the number for the dockmaster. It''s a fun place.
The next time we sail these waters, I''ll wait for good overnight sailing weather and take a pass on Manasquan, which is about the only other option along the coast. We ran aground at the Shrimp Box Restaurant and paid 2.50 per foot for a dump on the far side of the bridge. If you do wind up here, at least the town is nice as are the locals.
In the NYC area, we stayed in Jersey at the Liberty Marina across from lower manhattan. It''s sheltered, they have a restaurant and bar in the old lightship moored there, and a ferry that runs to Manhattan every hour or less for a reasonable fare.