Myself and a friend just completed the trip from Rock Hall to Marlborough NY, 7 mi. N of Newburgh N.Y. Day 1; Rock Hall to Engineers cut on the C&D canal, anchor out (the only day we anchored) Day 2; leave early, 6AM and made Utches(sp) marina in Cape May by 6PM with the wind on the nose using the iron jib and 2 to 3 ft seas. Day 3; Cape May to Atlantic City, left CM on a falling tide had favorable wind also using the iron jib, by 10 AM we had 4 to 5 ft seas and 25 knot winds a rough ride but a fast one, arrived at AC riding in on the end of the rising tide stayed at Kammermans ($2.00/ft + $5.00 for electric). Day 4 inside on the intercoastal, I draw 4' with the CB up left on a rising tide had an interesting trip, we wanted to see the bays and estuaries stopped at Pier One Resturant & Marina it's located on the north side of the bridge across the bay to Tom's River. If you eat in the resturant the slip is free including electric, the food was good. Day 5; out Manisquan inlet, very narrow with a lot of traffic, went out on the falling tide, very swift current. Favorable wind calm seas made Coney Island by 6 PM stayed at Marine Bay Marina $2/ft + $5 electric, not much in the way of accomadations but a sheltered place close to the Narrows Bridge. Day 6; NY harbor and up the Hudson River to Terrytown. The trip through the harbor will keep you busy but it was worth it up the Hudson past Manhatten was very interesting. We hit the falling tide in the morning and did our site seeing at 3.5 MPH untill about noon, the Hudson River tidal current is a force to be reconned with, however it was a pleasent day. The Terrytown Boat Club & Resturant was a great place to stay, we got there at about 5:30 PM, people were very nice and the resturant has great food. Day 7; short hop to Malborough arrived at noon.
As far as the inlets go, Atlantic City (Abscone) and Cape May are wide and easy to handle on the proper tide or slack tide, Manisquam is narrow and should be taken at slack tide as you also have lift bridges to contend with along with the Point Pleasent Cannel which is also narrow.
All in all a very interesting and enjoyable trip. We had planned to take a week and we did. I hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did.
S/V Wind Song
Last edited by Dave A; 07-11-2006 at 09:59 PM.