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Myrtle Beach to Cape May
Go the ICW. Skip Hatteras. Hatteras is considered the "Graveyard of the US East Coast", and a tough lee shore in a blow.
Besides, the ICW is interesting in that stretch. Don''t miss the evening buffet at Belhaven--its famous. From Norfolk to Cape May, you can do either the ICW (Chesapeake and then Delaware bays) or out along the coast.
The primary determinants are:
- New, untried boat.
- Irwin 34 is not known as a good offshore boat anyway.
- Potentially dangerous lee shore in a blow.
- Experience of skipper & crew?!?
Even the fact you are asking the question leads one to believe you are better off in the ICW. If you are an extremely experienced delivery skipper with experienced crew, lots of spares and tools and the boat is very well found, then ......... perhaps. Personally, I would still go the ICW around Hatteras unless time is absolutely essential.
The Delmarva shore is still pretty open, with few places to duck in, but the alternative through the CHesapeake and Delaware bays is very long. However, if you have the time, it is more interesting also--lots of neat places to stop.