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Re: Route from Maine to North Carolina

I wouldn't endorse the recommendation to go out around Cape Cod, unless perhaps you wanted to visit Nantucket... It will add considerable distance to the trip, and the passage thru Pollock Rip Channel can often require a timing of the tide just as much as the CC Canal...

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From there down the New Jersey coast appears I could either go largely inside or outside to Delaware Bay.
You can only do NJ inside from Manasquan to Atlantic City... Again, not recommended, except in the possible event of getting pinned in Manasquan in a strong onshore blow which will make running outside uncomfortable, and will raise the water level in the back bays/inside route...

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Once at Delaware Bay options seem to be up Delaware bay to Wilmington and then around and down through the Chesapeake which again would be interesting or just down the coast to Virginia Beach. The coast here seems to have many places to tuck in for the night or bad weather.
Uh, not really... Ocean City is really the only viable stop going outside the Delmarva... Chincoteague in an emergency, but you really don't want to head down outside without confidence in a good window to make it down to the Chesapeake Entrance...

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Once in Virginia Beach it seems a few hours sail down to Pamlico Sound and then from there down to the Neuse River and her new home.
Not sure what you mean by this one... It's about 65 miles down the beach to Oregon Inlet, which I certainly hope is not the route you're contemplating :-) Your only good option is to go in thru Hampton Roads and down the ICW to Albemarle Sound, where you have the option of continuing down the Ditch, or doing the Pamlico Sound route down to the Neuse... Chances are, this will take a few days, depending on your timing going thru Norfolk, it can take the better part of a day just to get from Mile 0 to Great Bridge, the bridge restrictions can make for some very slow going...

This can be such a nice trip, I'd suggest trying to allow more than 2 weeks, if possible, and smell some of the roses along the way... 2 weeks is certainly doable, but if you wind up going via the Delaware & Chesapeake Bays, you're gonna have to keep plugging, with little time for exploring or seeing some of the sights...
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Re: Route from Maine to North Carolina

Good advice overall.
Point Judith usually has the cheapest fuel in the area, the harbor of refuge there is a decent anchorage.
The ride down the East River is fantastic. Keep an ear on ch 13 thru NY harbor.
Second good fuel stop is Atlantic Highands near Sandy Hook. Good anchorage there also.
N Jersey inlets are not ideal. Sandy Hook to Cape May is an easy overnight. Last Sept we went straight thru from Sandy Hook to Chesapeake City on the CnD canal, perfect timing to ride the tide all the way up the Delaware Bay.

Roughly speaking it should be 5 days from Onset to Atlantic Highands.
Weather permitting, 2 to 3 days to Ches Bay. 3 days down the Ches to Norfolk. Maybe 5 days to the Neuse. Plus 2 months to stop along the way!
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Re: Route from Maine to North Carolina

Please do not count on using any of the Inlets, Oregon/Hatteras/Ocracoke, to enter the Pamlico. Welcome to the Neuse. You might enjoy this. Neuse River Sailors
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Re: Route from Maine to North Carolina

Done most of this trip several times last year. R.I-Annapolis R.I.-Norfolk. Went inside and out. Low stress is Mass. Bay. Canal. Montauk. Outside L.I. Norfolk. N.C. Stay inside shipping lanes but as far as possible offshore to stay away from fishboats. Watch out for tows until down to mouth of chessie. Advantage is you should be able to sail the boat. Other way will be a motor boat trip the whole way.

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Re: Route from Maine to North Carolina

Others have hinted at it, but I wouldn't count on going down the ICW in NJ. Tuck in in Atlantic City if you need to, or push on to Cape May, but otherwise you may hit some problems going inside. I draw 3'10" and bumped bottom in several places when I came from AC up to Barnegat Bay.

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Route from Maine to North Carolina

Be prepared to wait out weather when you go south of Sandy Hook. Most of the inlets along the New Jersey shore are very tricky in bad weather. Great Kills had a lot of damage in Sandy, you should get an update before you go. The passage on the LI Sound and East River is great, but fuel up in the Western Sound, there is not much available through NYC. And check Eldridge's and use the tidal current.
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Re: Route from Maine to North Carolina

Thanks for all the information, just the input I was looking for from those who have sailed through these areas. You have given me much to think about as I continue planning for this trip. Very excited to be considering something of this scope!
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We brought our new to us Irwin Citation 34 from Annapolis up to Canada. If you are interested, you might pick up some ideas from looking at the blog we did:

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I've done that trip at least once and took the route you pretty much have laid out here. Overnight across the Gulf of Maine in the right weather is the best. We like Onset to anchor overnight, it's just over an hour (favorable current) once you're in the canal.

There's great sailing from there through Buzzards Bay and Nar. Bay, lot's of stops you shouldn't miss along the way(but you can't do them all).

I think the trip through Long Island Sound and NYC is a great urban passage, I've done it several times and never get tired of it.

You'll likely be going mostly if not entirely off the coast of New Jersey. But there are a few great spots, like Cape May at the end. Same with going up the Deleware B., not always pretty but planned correctly, its fun. The upper reaches of the Cheasapeake are beautiful.

Two weeks is pushing it in that weather could hold you up in several areas, but I suppose it is doable. Good luck, it's a great trip.

I've done that a few times now and its a lot cooler than I thought would be. In daylight and night time, was a lot of fun.

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Re: Route from Maine to North Carolina

Wonder if you are going back up to Maine. If you are would do outside on way down and inside on way home. Going up the east river is a hoot but L.I. Sound is usually light air. Regardless you need to time getting past N.J. and Va to N. C.
Winds are better in L.I. Sound and Mass Bay that time of year but expect to do a lot of motoring or beating ( if there is wind) on way down. It's a great trip. We are lucky having so many harbors close together on the east coast so it can be done with just a few over nighters.

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