I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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I was looking forward to an "offshore" trip, but I think y'all are probably right - safety is more important than saving a day. In addition to not having a liferaft, I also don't have a ditch bag (it's on the list), so it's best to be safe. I'll just follow in my footsteps of bringing the boat up from Annapolis.
My current thinking is to get the boat closer to the East River before Nov 1 so we can make the ebb current through. Ebb starts at Hell Gate around 12:51 on the 1st and runs through about 7:12pm, but I don't want to hit it right at the start, so we need to be at City Island by 12:45ish to be through Hell Gate at 2-2:30ish. I would need to leave Branford at 4am if this was the case, so I'd like to move the boat closer. Cost is, of course, an issue, as I'm going to have to take transient dockage for quite some time (during the week) and will have to budget for it.
So, we'll arrive in NYC on the afternoon of the 1st, and then go from NYC to Manasquan on the 2nd. On the 8th, we'd go from Manasquan to Atlantic City and the 9th we'd do Atlantic City to Cape May. On the 15th we'd do Cape May to Delaware City and then finish in Annapolis on the 16th.
On the other hand, as Jim said, we could also do it as a passage. The thought of running through the Delaware and the C&D Canal at night is a bit concerning to me though. It would save a lot of money in transient fees though.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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