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CapnSantiago 05-22-2010 10:30 AM

Philadelphia Area Sailing?
 
I have a potential opportunity with my employment to be temporarily relocated to Philly for 3 years. I'm curious as to what the sailing scene is there. I am a lake sailor here in Texas so have no experience with tides or currents or bay weather or commercial traffic or prolonged cold weather. Also, I suppose I would have to lease a boat but haven't found alot of opportunities there. I read stories herein about haulouts for the winter and not putting back in until May (that's midsummer for me). My boat stays in the water year round unless it needs some work. I could go sailing on a good day in Dec/Jan if wanted (although I usually don't). If it's below 60 or winds above 20 I stay off the water in the slip and just hang out and mess about on the boat. I have googled and understand there is sailing on the Delaware river, Delaware Bay, and Chesepeake Bay, but they all seem to be performance/racing boats, not cruisers.

So please let me know, what sort of culture shock am I in for?

deniseO30 05-22-2010 01:37 PM

It's good to great. the lower river in Phila is big water and has BIG boat traffic, with ships and barges. there are yacht clubs in abundance, a good amount of pricey marinas, and lots and lots of sailors... Also there are sailboat races and more. Lots of cruisers too. dunno what you googled but it was wrong. Yes the season is short.

alman 05-23-2010 10:25 PM

Yes, you will be in for a shock....it is a limited season.
But check out this website for the Philadelphia Sailing Club
Philadelphia Sailing Club

We charter on the Chesapeake many weekends during the sailing season.
Then during the year there are several long trips to any place that has water and sailboats.....Caribbean, Belize, Turkey, Great Lakes, Maine, etc.

There are other events.....our hard aground program.....not necessarily about sailing, but with fellow sailors. And besides the monthly meeting, there is a monthly happy hour....so there are many opportunities to share your love of sailing with other like-minded people.

Ulladh 05-24-2010 08:36 AM

Liberty Sailing Club Racing and Cruising J/Boats on the Delaware River Waterfront in Center City Philadelphia

Liberty Sailing Club located near the Ben Franklin Bridge, has a fleet of J boats available to members.

deniseO30 05-24-2010 09:38 AM

this is like the 2nd or 3rd time someone's asked about sailing in this area and got bogus information.. gotta wonder bout that!

Ulladh 05-24-2010 11:32 AM

The Delaware River above Ben Franklin Bridge.
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Ulladh 05-24-2010 12:21 PM

Delaware River at Essington. Float plane take-off at Darby Creek
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deniseO30 05-24-2010 12:39 PM

the guys at Riverside YC were telling me how that seaplane terminal is historic, But the airport wants to squash it because seaplanes are a hazard in the approach and take off lanes. (or something like that)

Ulladh 05-24-2010 01:09 PM

Denise
The seaplane base is older than Philadelphia International Airport, and probably older than the now abandoned airfield at the Navy Yard.
Float planes use the water at the entrance to Darby Creek with north or south winds, and the waters between Little Tinicum and the mainland for east or west winds.
At times the airspace may appear crowded with the airport approach, Boeing helicopter test flights and the float planes, but for me it is just more cool stuff to look at on the river.

The river is rarely a dull place, we have a good collection of birds of pray including eagles and hawks, a variety of commercial shipping and a variety of aircraft including the occasional V22 Osprey.

RichH 05-24-2010 03:46 PM

Unquestionably ----- the CHESAPEAKE.

Probably 'most' Philadelphia and S. Jersey area sailors with larger boats (<30ft) prefer the (Upper) Chesapeake ..... about 1-2 hours drive from the Philly area. Most favor the Upper Eastern Shore (rural, unspoiled, uncrowded, 'mannered'): Sassafrass R., Worton Creek, Fairlee Creek, Tolchester, Rock Hall with Rock Hall probably having the most amenities, boat services and best proximity to Annapolis, St. Michaels, Baltimore and the 'mid-bay'.

The Delaware Bay has essentially ZERO marinas, few 'ports', is very buggy, is very shallow and can have very strong tidal flow - not much 'boating' on the Delaware Bay with the exception of Cape May, NJ. If you like 'pristine' low-country wetland wilderness and being 'totally on your own' the Delaware Bay may have some appeal.

The Delaware River can have strong/swift tidal flow, is the 'drainage' for mostly city/suburban areas - not very 'scenic/bucolic'.

I live ON the Delaware R. between the 'mountains' and Philthydelphia.

My recommendation for anyone in SE PA & S. NJ is the Chesapeake.


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