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Since the fixed bridge over the Cape May canal has been mentioned a couple of times, I would like to point out that it is a 55 ft. bridge. Low by ICW standards, but the OP's Morgan 323 only needs about 46 feet. And that canal cuts off a lot of distance over what can be nasty waters in the entrance to the Delaware Bay.
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Nick,

Great to see you following through on your thought about making the leap! Just wishing I was in a position to follow you down. I'll keep an eye on your mooring - maybe I'll rent it!

Good luck.

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I did part of the trip early this summer, in the opposite direction, from NC to RI. Lots of things to think about have been covered, so I'll just add a couple:

Plan time in your schedule to enjoy where you are, not just get to where you're going. If you can, think of your trip as a cruise south, not a delivery. Long days every day can get old, even when you love it. A day spent in an interesting place every few days can be rejuventating. It's also better to relax rather than push on if the weather is iffy.

AIS is a relatively cheap add-on to a chartplotter, and it helps with monitoring the ship traffic.

Enjoy your trip -- I'm jealous.
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Thanks for all the advice, suggestions and information about the trip. Unfortunatly I am forced to postpone this to next year. The boat was there, the money was there, I was all set to go but the GF put the lid on it.

Since we decided this in such short notice she could not leave her job and tie up everything else with finances, cars, etc in such short a time and after much heated conversation I realized we couldn't do it. Although I am bummed out big time I guess it is for the best as if I tried to really push her she might have wound up hating it (and prob me). Also I guess if I am forced to look on the bright side we will also have much more money saved up next year.

Anyway thanks again for all the help and encouragement.
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Bummer. But you are young and there's plenty of time. On the brightside, you can make an even better go of it next year without all the rush. Keep planning!
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Bummer. But you are young and there's plenty of time. On the brightside, you can make an even better go of it next year without all the rush. Keep planning!
Bummer...yep thats how I feel. I was really looking forward to spending all that time on the boat in the warm turquois waters and now I have to look forward to hauling the boat in the cold gloomy weather of Nov two months away and not getting to sail for 5 months...
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Bummer...yep thats how I feel. I was really looking forward to spending all that time on the boat in the warm turquois waters and now I have to look forward to hauling the boat in the cold gloomy weather of Nov two months away and not getting to sail for 5 months...
Go to the boat show and buy yourself a "treat" (sail, electronics, new outboard??) that you wouldn't have had the time/funds to get had you departed this fall. Something that would be really nice to have when you go next year. That'll take the edge off your disappointment....
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Some Additions

Nick,
Here are some additions to comments from others. We generally do not take the outside route from New England states, preferring the Long Island Sound (Duck Island Roads a favorite anchorage even if somewhat exposed) to a staging area like Manhasset Bay to wait for a favorable east river current. Manhasset Bay has free town moorings near G'3', ask the harbormaster or Port Washington launch. In late season you can almost always grab one (if not, holding is very good on the fringes of the mooring fields there). Then on to Atlantic Highlands where provisioning, spare parts if needed, fuel, water, pumpout, laundromat, etc, etc, are very convenient to the waterfront. The anchorage has excellent holding, town is convenient to the dinghy dock; the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club rents moorings and provides launch service through late October. Thence Atlantic City and Cape May.
The Cohansey River provides a stopover prior to the canal if you need it (not many services but diesel is available), I would not use the Cohansey in limited visibility, you'll need to keep your eyes open, it's twisty but deep, and there are small anchorages in the switchbacks in 20 feet with excellent holding. From there you can press through to the Sassafras River (worth a stop if you have time, we always see eagles there), holding is excellent and a little further up fuel and water are available. Or, the Summit North Marina in the canal if you need to stop. We like Solomons prior to Norfolk; don't miss the Dismal Swamp if it's open. You may want to check out 'Active Captain', online maps with marinas, anchorages, etc, we have found the info there (especially the cruiser supplied rating and comments) very useful. Skipper Bob (two spiral bound booklets) publications, one for anchorages, the other for marinas, are essential, used by almost every cruiser we meet. Feel free to check out our blog at svrestless.blogspot.com for tidbits and photos of our 2007 trip to Charleston and return trip to Maine in 2008. It's updated whenever we can.
Our MO is to go slowly, stay put in bad weather, and layover if we like a spot. You are leaving the rat race, so don't create your own.
Best wishes for loads of fun,
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