If you want to wait until the second week in August a number of us are going to NE and the LI Sound, down the Delaware to Cape May. Cape May to Barnegat to Liberty Marina across from Manhattan. Feel free to come with your new boat.
After rereading your post I would suggest going up the Bay and through the canal to Reedy Island and anchor until the 1 hour before the tide turns. 42 miles to Cape may from there.