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ICW Cape May

just wondering where the entrance is to the icw around cape may
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Re: ICW Cape May

http://www.njboatsandboating.com/cruise_nj_capemay.php

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Re: ICW Cape May

ICW South Jersey

No way you will be able to take a 37 Hunter anywhere up the southern NJ ICW no matter what the charts say. I .ive in ocean city NJState for almost 20 years and can tell you it is not sailboat travel able. Many uncharted shoals. Shifting sands and muck, and channels 10 ft wide in spots plus low fixed bridges.

You could star at Atlantic City , but evn that stretch to Barnegat Bay will be hard for a boat your size. From Barnegt you can get to Maneesquan but there are 7 bascule bridges and a swift 4 knot current in the PT Pleasent Canal. No ICW north of Manesquan for a sailboat ear.

We travel his stretch a lot. The ocean is the only way to go. Only a few good inlets also. Cape May, AtlanticCity, Manesquan, and Barnegat ( trecherous) . All the others are extremely dangerous wit bout really local knowledge as he bouts can be moved daily.

What kind of trip re you panning. Feel free to PM me.

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Re: ICW Cape May

I agree - there really is no practical ICW in NJ. I have sailed from Manasquan Inlet down to Great Egg Inlet (or was it Little Egg inlet next to the closed Beach Haven Inlet) and won't do it again. I was in a Cat. 30 with a 4' draft and it was nerve wracking between Barnagate and where we got out. Lots of eel grass and floating grass islands clogging up engine intake, etc. Choose your weather window and go outside in the ocean. You will be happier!
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Re: ICW Cape May

ICW at Cape May is under the bridge to the Wildwoods 55ft clearance. You may make it as far as the bridge to Avalon 35ft clearance but lots of shallow water in the back bays.

I don't know the clearance at AC Expressway but my guess is a lot less than 35ft.
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Re: ICW Cape May

OP has Hunter 37. Mast height is 50. Ft.

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Re: ICW Cape May

did the ICW a couple years ago from Barnaget to atlantic city in a Buccaneer 320 46' air draft and 3-4' draft . plowed alot of mud and backed off a few times along the way.
I'll also opt for the outside as it's alot easier going and as a bonus you can sail and get alot better mileage on the diesel ! !
we'll be gliding down the outside in a week or two depending on the weather when we get to the lady w/ the torch anchorage in NYC/NJ.
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