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I was reading the navigational information. and looking at the charts of the CCC. It Looks at least if not easier then transiting the C&D down this way, which I have done a few times. I can only dream of such trips going north. What type boat do you have Sully?
I picture me in a 38-42ft full keel boat someday with a NEW engine would be so cool.
The CCC Canal is like the C&D times ten with current. We have been in the CCC in a ripping current of 5+ knots.

The approach from the south up Buzzards Bay can be a bit rough also when wind is against current.

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Interesting read;
Cape Cod Canal - Navigation, Passage, Transit, & Distance Information
"all vessels, including pleasure vessels, must be able to transit the land cut portion of the canal, between the Cape Cod Canal Control Station in Buzzards Bay and the East Mooring Basin in Sandwich (approximately 5.9 NM) within 2 hours and 30 minutes against a 6 knot foul current. Those vessels unable to comply with this restriction must avail themselves of a helper tug, at the vessels owner’s expense, or await a favorable current.

"In the event vessels within the confines of the canal fail to perform and are unable to make sufficient headway against the currents, the marine traffic controller may activate a helper tug to assist." I will let you take a guess on who pays for that!"

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Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

I have transited the canal a few times both at day and night and I do not recall being tracked or monitored in any way. I think this may be just to keep the sightseers and fisherman out.

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Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

It all kinda makes someone with a near 30 year old boat and engine wonder about even attempting such trips. Even though I do dream of that 38-42 ft boat someday. Just the C&D gives me pause when entering, yet gives me joy on entering the upper chessie.

So, I assume people take a mooring or drop the hook at either end until the tidal current are good for the trip?

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Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

Growing up in New England I have traversed the canal many times, first time had the current against me. The people that were walking along the path were making better time than I was. Never seen the time limit enforced. Getting the current right you can do the whole canal in 45 min-hour. I have sailed the complete east coast a few times and the CCC was the only cape I've never done outside
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Travel along the Canal edge and the adverse current pretty much disappears.
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Travel along the Canal edge and the adverse current pretty much disappears.
I know this! from all the years of canoeing rivers! Duh.

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Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

I agree that going outside affords no port of refuge. But, I also just think the canal is fun. How often does one transit a canal? Worth the trip, particularly if you can time a fair current.

There is an LOA that requires checking in with canal control, which I'm sure we are all below. Can't recall it exactly. However, I always give them a call anyway and they will let you know if there are any big boats coming the other way. Not necessary though, it just puts your head in the game.


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Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

The canal is wide and straightforward. Just get the current right. Worry more about the conditions in CC Bay. It can get pretty nasty. +1 for NOT trying to go around. There are no good bailouts, a lot of shoals and currents. You can anchor just south of the canal entrance channel and wait for the current to switch.

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The canal is wide and straightforward. Just get the current right. Worry more about the conditions in CC Bay. It can get pretty nasty. +1 for NOT trying to go around. There are no good bailouts, a lot of shoals and currents. You can anchor just south of the canal entrance channel and wait for the current to switch.
Agreed, it's the bays on each end that you have to worry about. You can meet some crazy seas at either end depending on wind direction.

Going North, I think Onset is hard to beat for an anchorage, overnight (or?) or to wait for a fair current through to Cape Cod Bay. Not far off the Canal, good anchorage or marina options and well protected.

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