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post #17 of Old 09-25-2012
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Re: Maine to Chesapeake Fall Passage

Have done the round trip many times. It's really fun. If you have a good crew, you can decide to go non-stop if in a hurry, or stop overnight along the way...probably would not go thru hell's gate during the night. Radar is very valuable if you have it because you will be crossing Boston and NY shipping channel. It's nice to see them (during the night) and can tell their direction. The Jersey coast can be done in a long day from Atlantic Highland (NY Harbor) to Cape May. We've always had great sails from Cape May to the CD Eldridge so you leave at the right time. I've always left when the current is slightly against you...that way it's with you or neutral when you finally reach the canal. Cape May to Annapolis is 24 hours....if you want to stop, Chesapeake City is the place to lay over. Anyway, fun trip. Good Luck.

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