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Moving to Coastal Delaware

My wife and I are currently moving from NYC to Coastal, DE. I'm looking to move my 39ft Morgan out of the Jersey Shore (Keyport) and down to Lewes, Delaware. Can anybody recommend a good Marina? Any feed back is appreciated.

Clueless about Delaware...

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Re: Moving to Coastal Delaware

I haven't looked at the charts for Rehoboth Bay, and I'm not sure of your draft, but wouldn't that be a better place? If you read the characterization of Delaware Bay, you may not have much fun sailing there. Are you just planning on heading out to the Ocean?
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Re: Moving to Coastal Delaware

Hi Rohrr,

I am a native NYCer living in Philly. Do yourself a favor and put your boat in the Chesapeake Bay. I recommend finding a Marina in Rock Hall, MD. You will not be disappointed.
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Re: Moving to Coastal Delaware

The draft is about 5ft.

I had a recommendation from a colleague about Lewes, and that will be where I will be living. Hoping to have something closer to home then what I have now in NY/NJ. But Rehoboth is certainly an option, if there is availability.
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Re: Moving to Coastal Delaware

Yeah except there is no where to go. Where in Delaware will you be living?

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The draft is about 5ft.

I had a recommendation from a colleague about Lewes, and that will be where I will be living. Hoping to have something closer to home then what I have now in NY/NJ. But Rehoboth is certainly an option, if there is availability.
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Re: Moving to Coastal Delaware

There is no sailing for you in Rehobeth Bay -- too shallow. If I were going to be living in coastal DE, I would go for Lewes as well (the Chesapeake has some nice aspects but it is limited as well by light winds and other factors). From Lewes, you can do trips to NYC, Block Island, etc and easier sails to Cape May and some of the towns along the southern Delaware River / Bay. I would start by talking to the City of Lewes / City Dock marina.
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Re: Moving to Coastal Delaware

Unless you are 100% set on sailing the ocean only, I would strongly consider the eastern shore of Maryland for access to the Chesapeake. The comment about light winds is true for late July & August, otherwise that is not accurate, especially of late.

Rockhall/Swan Creek, Worton Creek, Still Pond, Kent Narrows/Castle Harbor (draft?), Chester River marinas, even down the St Michaels or Oxford could work? They are all about 2 hours +/- a few. I would guess that you would mostly be going opposite the beach traffic as well.

Depends on what you looking to do I guess, I'm sure you know what the differences are sailing the ocean vs the bay.
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Re: Moving to Coastal Delaware

I have only used the City Dock along the canal park as a transient, so cannot give information on the marinas.

There is a big advantage to living close to the boat, and a greater chance of going for a sail when you just feel like it.

Roosevelt inlet is a relatively easy inlet at most tide and weather conditions, a lot easier than Cape May Inlet or the bay side of the Cape May Canal, Ocean City MD or any of the Jersey Shore inlets.

The lower Delaware Bay does at time have conditions that are a bit to exciting for my 20ft boat but probably just fun on a 39ft.

Destinations for a day sail would be Cape May and other Jersey shore locations, Ocean City MD, maybe Chincoteague if the inlet gets dredged more often.

Other destinations lower Chesapeake on the outside, or upper Chesapeake through the C&D.

The big advantage is usually a reliable ocean breeze.
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Re: Moving to Coastal Delaware

According to the charts, Rehoboth bay is 6-7' in most places. I guess it's a question of whether you want to be in Delaware Bay/ocean and close to home, Rehoboth bay with its limitations but again, close to home, or the Chesapeake and all that it brings, but a 2 hour drive away.

At least you have options!
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Re: Moving to Coastal Delaware

Moving to Southern Delaware! Home of Pumpkin Chunkin and chicken farms!

To me, having the boat close would outweigh the sailing destinations. Though it can get testy, a 39 foot boat should have zero problems on Delaware Bay. The only down i can see is that the very active shipping channel is something i would want no part of in low vis. But, that can be avoided.

I don't know the area well enough to offer any mooring or marina options. IMO, the Chessie is too far a drive to be a competitive option. That is, with deep water and good wind minutes from your doorstep.



That said, The Chesapeake is a top sailing location.

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