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Re: Bought the boat! Location questions NJ/MD/NY
Congratulations on your purchase! Are you planning on weekending aboard most of the time? I live northwest of Philly, and my (broken down) boat is in Rock Hall. The traffic to get there most weekends has been minimal so far this season, but it's almost 2.5 hours each way for me. That means, if I were to keep it here, daysails would be rough because I lose 5 hours out of my day just getting to/from Rock Hall. Overnighting would make it better, but so far I can't convince my wife to try that.
Rock Hall/Galena is also on the wrong side of the Bay for you if you're going to visit your daughter in DC. To get to DC from RH, you have to head south, then west for a fair bit. Others can give you a more accurate number, but I'd bet it's at least an hour and a half away, and that's with minimal traffic. I also wouldn't use your daughter as the reason to keep the boat there, though (I say that with all due respect...this is purely my opinion, and you are, of course, welcome to discount it). If she's starting college, she's going off to learn to be an adult. Having you stopping in all the time will put a damper on that, and that may not be good for her in the long run. Besides, she'll be out with friends many/most weekends, and not with you guys. Personally, I'd be looking to keep the boat closer to home so you aren't traveling as much.
The beauty of where you live is that you have at least 3 interesting choices. The Delaware has its issues, but if its closest to home, that can be a big mark in its favor. Denise, TakeFive, Ulladh, and a few of the others here can give you more info on sailing there. Then there is Barnegat Bay. If your draft is "only" 5', from what I saw on the pre-Sandy charts, you should have decent depth through most of the bay. That makes it a great place to spend a season as you get familiar with the boat. Again, depending on where you are, locations like Toms River or Forked River can be fairly easy to get to. Personally, though, if I lived in your area I'd probably look at being up near the Highlands. You'd be able to easily cruise over to LIS if you wanted to, and even the Sandy Hook area looks like it would make a nice place to go "play." That is too far north for me (in-laws have a place at the other end of the state), but I can really see why that would be attractive.
Anyway...you've had SEVERAL hours now since Denise's initial reply. Where are the pictures!?!!??!
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