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Just can't get enough, huh? Tentative plans are early to mid-June. Don't know brokesailor - will have to look him up.

We live in Annapolis, but keep the boat at Herrington North. Have done the round trip once as a family. But also the North-then-West one way a couple times. Last time we stopped in Cape May for a night's sleep, but we had 3 weeks for the trip. This time we may be limited to 2 weeks so am considering not stopping. Our air draft (53') is cutting it close for the Cape May Canal anyway. If we have to go around, then I'm inclined to just keep going for Block.

Funny story - when we came through the canal at night, I was asleep below and my wife was on watch. She yelled that a big ship with a strange light configuration - 2 whites in a horizontal line - was heading right towards us really, really fast! Turned out to be a truck driving on the access road next to the canal. But a serious enough adrenaline shot that she was very alert the rest of her watch.
We are also 53 ft and have never had trouble in the Cape May Canal. Just make sure its not a full moon and high tide.

We go north every year for at least 21/2 to 3 weeks, We do stop at Utsches before heading up the coast.

I have been in the C&C Canal once at night when we saw a big ship ( lights and radar) and pulled to the side. There was a 35 ft sailboiat following us a half mile back who stayed in the center. The freighter blew his horn at 10PM right next to us and we almost jumped out of the boat.

I have seen the lights of truck and they are confusing although those yellow vapor arc lights of the canal are bright.

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...I have seen the lights of truck and they are confusing...
Maybe that's what happened to this guy. My buddy at work lives about a quarter mile away and the commotion woke him up.





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Maybe that's what happened to this guy. My buddy at work lives about a quarter mile away and the commotion woke him up.



He looks like he lost an engoine and drifted over, No real damage from striking the side hard,


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He looks like he lost an engoine and drifted over, No real damage from striking the side hard,
From my friend who lived nearby: He hit it at high speed (est. 25-30 kts). Witnesses said there was nobody at the helm - apparently he put on the autopilot and went below.

My friend went over to Summit North the next day to see the boat up on the hard. Huge hole in the hull.


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From my friend who lived nearby: He hit it at high speed (est. 25-30 kts). Witnesses said there was nobody at the helm - apparently he put on the autopilot and went below.
On Autopilot in the C&D!?! You have to kidding me... I've seen pilot-less power boats on the Chester..but the C&D..?
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On Autopilot in the C&D!?! You have to kidding me... I've seen pilot-less power boats on the Chester..but the C&D..?
[hijack]That was the speculation - not sure what the investigation revealed. There were witnesses who said they saw the boat speeding past, and could see nobody in the cockpit. But is was dark out (aside from the Canal's amber lights).

Obviously I was just joking about the guy getting confused by headlights along the service road.[/hijack]


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Dark out going top speed of 30 in the Canal on autopilot.....and thats all the damage from hitting the rocks. I have seen 3 side of the boat in pictures and it looks like nothing. 30 mph and it only goes a little on the rocks

Something wrong with these facts.


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Dark out going top speed of 30 in the Canal on autopilot.....and thats all the damage from hitting the rocks. I have seen 3 side of the boat in pictures and it looks like nothing. 30 mph and it only goes a little on the rocks

Something wrong with these facts.
Since my friend pieced together the story from informal comments he heard from bystanders at the scene, it is very possible that facts are wrong or exaggerated.

However, do realize that the guy did not run head-on into the rocks. He veered over gradually into them.

My friend personally saw that boat on the hard at Summit North, and there was extensive damage to the part of the hull that you can't see in the pictures (because it's lying on the rocks). They had to attach a large sheet to patch over the hole so the boat could be towed without sinking. That's one of the reasons they had to wait until the next day to refloat.


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Since my friend pieced together the story from informal comments he heard from bystanders at the scene, it is very possible that facts are wrong or exaggerated.

However, do realize that the guy did not run head-on into the rocks. He veered over gradually into them.

My friend personally saw that boat on the hard at Summit North, and there was extensive damage to the part of the hull that you can't see in the pictures (because it's lying on the rocks). They had to attach a large sheet to patch over the hole so the boat could be towed without sinking. That's one of the reasons they had to wait until the next day to refloat.
At 30 mph hitting a jagged surface like rocks you dont exactly side over them I wouldnt think. And you wouldnt just puncture a hole in the hull.

I have see a PB sideswipe a bouy at 20 knots and there was extensive FG damage. Sounds like your friend got an embellished story.

The greatest danger we have found in the Canal are the go fast boats with no speed limit and flat water. They fly aorund the corners. Least you can usually here them coming and they dont throw wakes.


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