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Planning a trip in Early September from Annapolis to Newport. First time making this trip. Can anyone assist in best route and itinerary. Best marinas along the way etc.
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You don''t say what type of boat you have or weather you prefer a blue water or coastal passage...so I will give you the coastal route as blue water is pretty straightforward.
First, head from Annapolis north to C&D canal and stop there at one of the marinas. Read tide tables for Delaware Bay and pick a C&D departure time that will let you use the tide down the bay as it can be slow and messy the other way! Next stop is Cape May NJ which you can enter from the Bay if your mast is short...or go around the ocean side to the inlet which is qite safe in most any weather.
Then work your way up the Jersey coast in day hops to Atlantic City...then Manasquan Inlet...then Sandy Hook (or off Statue of Liberty in settled weather).
From there you need to head up the East River of Manhattan through Hells Gate and into Long Island sound. Time your trip VERY carefuly for low slack tide at the Battery so you carry a fair tide through Hells Gate..actually good to try to time your trip to arrive at slack water at hells gate.
Once through to Long Island Sound you can Harbor Hop the north shore of long island with numerous safe harbours, mooring fields and marinas. I would work my way out to Port Jefferson then cross over to Fischers Island for a night anchorage...then on to Newport the next day.
Off shore route saves a lot of time...one day to Norfolk...three days to Montauk/Greenport and one day to Newport...but it requires a well found boat and crew and is not as interesting. Prevailing winds are favorable ths time of year though.
Write if you have any questions. Best...GB
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I agree totally with GB''s post--very comprehensive. However, another question is whether you are interested in dinking and dawdling, or is it delivery-mode and try to get up there reasonably quickly.
I have made the trip often, but usually more into delivery mode than dawdling.
So, my 2 cents: If dinking around, there are places to stop in Northern Chesapeake, like Sassafras River. Also a nice restaurant on the C&D northern side (the name escapes me for the moment)--fairly high end restaurant, and the tide current at their docks goes past quickly. You can also anchor near the east end of the canal for a short period to wait for tide headed down the Delaware if you wish, but stay away from the freighter channel. If this is your first transit of the C&D, prefer to do it in daylight, if possible. ANd watch for the freighters, some that go through there are huge. Not much to do on the Delaware before Cape May. It is really much nicer, as GB mentioned, to go in from the bay side if your mast height allows. On a 54 we had to go around, on a 35 we made it through--check the charts carefully. One word of caution--the Delaware is a pain in the neck sometimes. The channel is narrow and many freighters go down it, be careful of shoals off channel. When the wind and tide oppose near the mouth of the bay, there is a short chop that is annoying, especially if you are going around.
Cape May is nice for either lunch or staying a day or two if you are dawdling. I have hit fog fairly often right at Cape May and up to Atlantic City--so be prepared for it. Atlantic city is very nice to stay at. There is a marina right at one of Trump''s casinos and it is a fun break.
In the past we have gone from there directly to Statue of Liberty, anchored, then headed for Hell Gate. GB already mentioned the tide. I have gone around Long Island and through the Sound and prefer the Sound.

Enjoy the trip. You get a bit of everything--from old towns (like Cape May), freighter traffic, canal, big city (NYC), etc. It is probably 3-4 days if you move quick, could be anything if you dawdle.

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I agree totally with GB''s post--very comprehensive. However, another question is whether you are interested in dinking and dawdling, or is it delivery-mode and try to get up there reasonably quickly.
I have made the trip often, but usually more into delivery mode than dawdling.
So, my 2 cents: If dinking around, there are places to stop in Northern Chesapeake, like Sassafras River. Also a nice restaurant on the C&D northern side (the name escapes me for the moment)--fairly high end restaurant, and the tide current at their docks goes past quickly. You can also anchor near the east end of the canal for a short period to wait for tide headed down the Delaware if you wish, but stay away from the freighter channel. If this is your first transit of the C&D, prefer to do it in daylight, if possible. ANd watch for the freighters, some that go through there are huge. Not much to do on the Delaware before Cape May. It is really much nicer, as GB mentioned, to go in from the bay side if your mast height allows. On a 54 we had to go around, on a 35 we made it through--check the charts carefully. One word of caution--the Delaware is a pain in the neck sometimes. The channel is narrow and many freighters go down it, be careful of shoals off channel. When the wind and tide oppose near the mouth of the bay, there is a short chop that is annoying, especially if you are going around.
Cape May is nice for either lunch or staying a day or two if you are dawdling. I have hit fog fairly often right at Cape May and up to Atlantic City--so be prepared for it. Atlantic city is very nice to stay at. There is a marina right at one of Trump''s casinos and it is a fun break.
In the past we have gone from there directly to Statue of Liberty, anchored, then headed for Hell Gate. GB already mentioned the tide. I have gone around Long Island and through the Sound and prefer the Sound.

Enjoy the trip. You get a bit of everything--from old towns (like Cape May), freighter traffic, canal, big city (NYC), etc. It is probably 3-4 days if you move quick, could be anything if you dawdle.

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appreciate all the great tips. By the way the boat is a Passport 47.
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We just returned from taking our Passport 470 to the Newport/Cape Cod area for the summer. The name of our boat is KMAN and feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss our trip greater depth.
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We made the trip from NY down to Kent Island this spring. The marina in the C&D mentioned is probably Schaefer''s. It''s an along-side, deep water tie-up with a nice restaurant and discounts for paying cash for the dockage. There is a marina across the canal with access to the town. The water may be too thin for you.

At Cape May, we stayed at Utz Marina which is on the Alantic side of the 50'' bridge. A few good restaurants and walking distance to most provisioning.

Atlantic City had many pricey marinas but we saved a little by staying at Millers (I think that was the name). It''s kind of run down. A better choice might have been the marina in front of the Flying Cloud Restaurant. Call the restaurant. They have the number for the dockmaster. It''s a fun place.

The next time we sail these waters, I''ll wait for good overnight sailing weather and take a pass on Manasquan, which is about the only other option along the coast. We ran aground at the Shrimp Box Restaurant and paid 2.50 per foot for a dump on the far side of the bridge. If you do wind up here, at least the town is nice as are the locals.

In the NYC area, we stayed in Jersey at the Liberty Marina across from lower manhattan. It''s sheltered, they have a restaurant and bar in the old lightship moored there, and a ferry that runs to Manhattan every hour or less for a reasonable fare.
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