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Labatt...you've done the Jersey Coastal hop before. I would not hesitate to take the boat in early November on a benign forcast from Montauk or Greenport to Cape May. Branford gets a bit dicier due to the length of the forcast reliability. You could always leave Branford for Greenport on a good longterm forcast...then do a thorogh forcast check when at Greenport and either keep going or stay put. It will take 2 days to Cape May. This assumes you and one othe competent crew...but I am concerned about the lack of liferaft. I'd rent a bag model OR BUY a bag model and convert it into a container model once in Annapolis. (We did this in Norfolk and got a good deal on a used container!) Give these guys a buzz..they often have used but reconditioned and packed and serviced rafts for sale in addition to new ones. USA Services, Inc.

The other choice is down the East River and Jersey Coast...but you could do this as a passage rather than hops as you did with the family. You could make a go-nogo decision at Sandy Hook based on the lates forcast and 24 hours later be in Cape May. That is what I would do at this time of year if I had one or two good crew with me.
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Yes to Bubb and to Cam - my assumption was that Chris had a reason to hop down NJ. We have always done it with enough crew to do it in a passage of 36/42 hours or so to/from Jersey City or Martha's Vineyard to/from Annapolis/St Michael's. If you can do it this way, it lets you take advantage of a consistent weather window and offers Cape May to duck into if the Delaware Bay looks crappy (which it can be anytime and esp. in Nov/Dec.)
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I Left upstate NY the second week in October 2007 w/ my family on a 32' and a woodstove aboard. Spent Halloween in Barnaget Light,NJ. (my 3 year old Loved it !)
The jersey coast was OK except for the 4 days in Brigadoon hiding from Noel.
However the Delaware was no fun either time w/ 8-10 ftrs. each way ! at least on the southern trip they were following ! the gps showed 12.5 over ground)
a Few bad weather choices leaving the Solomons in the chesapeake other than that a great trip, I can't wait to do it again.
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Does anyone have an itemized list of "to-do items" when leaving to go cruising?

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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.
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I'm going to have many questions over the next few weeks, but I'd like to start out with a big one. Does anyone have an itemized list of "to-do items" when leaving to go cruising? For example, mail forwarding, bank accounts, house stuff, kids schooling, etc.?

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Not an itemized list, but a few things to think about, to get you started: http://www.sailnet.com/forums/cruisi...-cruisers.html
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