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Annisquam is pretty, and with your draft, no problem. It keeps you off the rocks off Cape Ann (an unforgiving coast in an easterly), and is shorter to boot. I'd do it, especially if you spent the night in Gloucester. From there, the Piscataqua River is an easy shot.
Re the Cape Cod Canal, by all means look up the times the current turns, as it runs about 3 knots for the 4-mile cut. But generally, since the tide range is about 8-9 feet on the Mass Bay side, and 4 feet on the Buzzards' side, slack water is roughly at mid-tide, when the height is equal at both ends. So from mid-tide and rising to mid-tide ebbing, current runs west, since Mass bay is higher, and from mid-tide ebbing to mid-tide flooding, the opposite. Almost close enough for government work!
Marblehead, where I'm from before hiding out way down south, is a pretty town (though open to the northeast), but hard to find a guest mooring, but you can anchor near the harbor mouth and row in. Worth spending a day in the old town, an easy walk from the public landing at State st. Not directly on your route, but not far off either. Then a short hop past Baker's Island up to Gloucester and Annisquam, a half-day trip to Portsmouth and Kittery, especially in a summer sou'wester.
Last edited by nolatom; 04-09-2010 at 11:53 AM.