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We wandered down to Delaware City over the weekend and checked out Crabby Dick's. Seemed OK - not fancy, but reasonable prices and good view of the Delaware from their outdoor deck. We ate on the deck and had such a nice time that we forgot to go inside to look around.

It looked like a sleepy little town. There was a wedding reception or other private event going on in the marina. My friend at work still talks about crime concerns, and said that the marina and boats kept there are very run down. I did not see that - the marina was redone a few years ago, and there were some gorgeous large sailboats there.

Ulladh and Denise - Do you have any experience getting in and out of the "old canal"? The chart shows 1-3 feet at the entrance:


A friend at my marina said he cannot even get his little runabout in there at low tide. But he's been pushing hard to get me to buy his used dinghy, and looks for every excuse he can. Sure enough, after his little lecture on the shallow water, he said, "You need to buy my dinghy to get in there."

OTOH, the ferry to Pea Patch island seems to run at all times of the day, so there must be some water there. (Maybe I could call the ferry and ask them if they have to restrict their operating times due to the tides.)

So have you guys taken your boats in there before? Do you have a GPS track that is proven to work? Obviously if we try to "ride the tide" downriver (and up the next day) we may be hitting that canal near low tide.


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I've never tried to get into Delaware City by boat. some of the guys in my YC always go there on the way to the Chessy.. it's a cute little town though.

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Hey guys, any updated plans for this September? Maybe we'll be down to the high 80s by then!

I've got my boom sitting in my house doing some DIY repairs. The front boom sheaves fell off their shaft last Sunday, causing me to lose my reef, outhaul, and topping lift all at the same time. I was in a hurry to get it fixed, but this weather has me taking my time.

But I'm looking to better days ahead, and hopefully our first cruise with you guys in September.


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Would like to make it.
Sail up from Lewes is a bit of a haul,
so if we can make it, will probably drive.

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We'll try to join you as well; by boat or car depending on the tides whichever weekend is chosen.
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I have been occupied with income generating tasks for the past few weeks and have only been on the water once in the past two weeks.

The entrance to Delaware City has been dredged, not sure what the depth is but larger sailboats don't seem to have a problem.

Any preference for early or late September. I prefer late but I am open to suggestions.

Depending on weather I will sail down riding the ebb tide at least to Wilmington so my prefered Friday sail will be
Friday 3rd departing Essington at 8:45am
Friday 17th departing Essington at 9:00am
October 1st departing Essington at 7:15am

This is just what is easy for me the other Fridays in September will be a departure before dawn, OK but not a preference.

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Summit North Marina is very nice, I stayed there once. It has a great place to eat

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Aqua * Sol Restaurant

I work in Newark, so DE City, Bear, Chesapeake City are my backyard.


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Depending on participation from each end of the C&D canal;
Delware City if the Delware Bay prevails.
Chesapeake City if Chesapeake Bay prevails.
Summit North if it is a tie.

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Depending on participation from each end of the C&D canal;
Delware City if the Delware Bay prevails.
Chesapeake City if Chesapeake Bay prevails.
Summit North if it is a tie.
I have no opinion of my own


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The weekend of Oct. 1 will not work for me. Sept. 3 is Labor Day weekend - not a problem for me, but might be for others. Sept. 17 weekend is also OK.

Lori has to teach lab on Friday afternoons, and is not allowed to take time off from that, so if we come by boat it will have to be down on Saturday, back on Sunday (or Labor Day, if you pick that weekend). And that will only be if conditions are right, since we're not real experienced with adverse conditions. If we can't come by boat, we'll definitely come down for dinner Friday or Saturday.


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