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It sounds like you''ll be entering from the Delaware Bay side. If that''s true, I think it''s more important to time the tide in Delaware Bay than the canal. In a slow moving sailboat you can''t hit the tide right in both places. Delaware Bay is shallow, narrow and nasty if the wind and tides are against you, plus no real good places to hide, either. The canal can be tricky against the tide, but it is sheltered with high banks. I''ve experienced about a 3 knot contrary current in the canal which translates into slow going. But better than pounding into steep waves in your face in Delaware Bay.
In general you won''t have a problem in the canal. Sailing is not allowed in it anyway. Plus there are some places to hide in if you need to in the canal.
Get a copy of Reed''s Almanac and plan accordingly on going with the tide up Delaware Bay if at all possible, and take it as you find it on the canal. My 2 cents.