I bought my boat in the Chesapeake and brought it home to NJ through the C&D canal, then through the Cape May canal. I ran aground leaving Rock Hall on a shoal in the bay. I ran aground entering the Cohansey River, apparently you have to hug the channel marker. I ran HARD aground right behind the Cape May-Lewes ferry! Apparently the 12 foot charted depth doesn't account for the ferry props washing the bottom up into 3 feet of depth. I ran hard aground four or five times right along side the dredge in the Barnegat inlet channel. The dredge might be sitting in deep water, but how do you get around it? The saving grace in all of this is that my boat has a retractable keel, and I try to always sail with it all the way down.
Gary H. Lucas