Welcome to Sailnet. Caliber 35 LRC great boat to cruise in. Insane amount of fuel
tankage, but love the duel fuel
system. Nice interior set up and roomy for a 35 with a great motion in the seaway. Donna and I have done this trip and love the Sound, Newport area a lot. It is great. Shelter Island is an area worth spending almost a week in with Greenport, Sag Harbor and other anchorages at the end of the forks of LI very nice. Mystic, Fishers Island, Noank, New London another n ice mini stop over area. We really were not inpressed with Wesport but love Old Saybrooke.Port Jefferson and Northport should not be missed.
As far as the trip up from here we have found the easiest thing would be for you to go from Deal to Reedy Island...wait for the favorable tide in the Delaware and ride it to Cape May. What is the air draft of the Caliber 35? Hopefully less than 55 so you can fit under the bridge on the Cape may Canal and save 3 hours.
As far as the way up the Jersey coast, we have done it two ways. The absolute safest inlets in NEW Jersey are Cape May, Atlantic City, and Manesquan. We have no problem going in Barnegat, especially in the summer when it is usually benign. Cape May stay at Utsches. I can tell you mmore about them. Atlantic City the anchorage can be done, but tenuous. There is the 5 dollar a foot Farley Marina or 3 dollar a foot Kammermans across from it owned by a family. Manesquan there is absolutely no place to anchor
We have done some nights there and find it somewhat inhospitable for a number of reasons. Thats why we do the 2 day trip up the coast.
Barnegat can be a trecherous place , but most summer days as long as you understand the proper way in and follow the marks its not bad at all and the anchorage is breathtaking lighthouse views and nice ocean breeze. It s a long trip from Cape May to Barnegat 72 miles., but will make the next day a shorter one. You want to start before dawn ( you have lots of daylight hours. And at the very least motor sail the whole way up. Usually the Jersey breeze runs S-SE onshore in the afternoon and wont kick in till 12 or so in the summer. We usually have made this trip in 12-13 hours. The next day is a simple 35-50 miler depending on where you want to jump off from to head up the East River. The way up we prefer to stay at Liberty landing (Jersey Coty) with the killer NYC views at night. Worth staying an extra night and taking the water taxi ( stops right there) and lets off 3 blocks from the new World Trade Center. Great area to explore and rest a day. On the way back homne we usually forgo this and do ATLANTIC hIGHLANDS.
Play the tide and head up the sound through Hell Gate. We have hit 13+ SOG thre ( Have the picture on the chartplotter
to prove it) and like to go to the Seatauket Yacht Club mooorings. My first trip into Port Jeff was on a misable day and I though it was a dreary ugly place and only stopped for gas , but have been back a few times and love the eclectic shops and great restaurants and town now and we always stop there. Mt Sinai is nice, and Northport is our favorite place we jump off down the East River on the way home from there, It is a quinessential LI small village. From Port Jeff you can hop up the Sound or choose to do the trip to Greenport in 1 longer day of 50+ miles and be out in the Shelter sland area. The Sound may be flat and brutally hot in mid July we have found, while Shelter Island and pts north have the cooling ocean breezes. It may be better tho start North see what you want there and visit the Conneticut side on the way back. Think about joining Mystic Seap[ort and staying two nights ( second one is free to members) and you are docked in the Seaport after it closes to the public. It is a no miss place to see and take more than a day.
Feel free to e mail be at Chef2sail@aol.com
. I can give you my cell and maybe we can meet up for lunch and talk about some of the places as well as anchorages and things to not miss seeing. Put sailnet in the subject line
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Hope to talk to you soon.