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Welcome to sailnet. I'd recommend you read the POST in my signature to help you get the most out of your time here. As for motoring up the ICW vs. sailing up the outside... I'd recommend going up the outside.... I recently delivered a boat from Georgetown, Exumas via St. Aug, to Buzzards Bay, Mass, so am familiar with much of the trip you're discussing.
Hop up the coast to St. Aug... then from St. Aug, head to the Carolinas, stopping at Cape Fear, and then continue to Beaufort Inlet and take the ICW up to Portsmouth, VA. Then you can go outside from Portsmouth, VA to NYC and then to Long Island Sound.
St. Aug to Cape Fear is about three days, about 340 NM as the crow flies...This avoids the Georgia section of the ICW, which is all beautiful oxbows, but a lot longer, only motoring and not very well maintained IMHO.
Cape Fear to Beaufort and up to Oriental, which is about 125 nm.
Oriental over to Ocracoke is about 40 nm
Ocracoke to Manteo is about 60 NM.
Manteo to Coinjock is about about 38 nm and gives you a good jumping for tackling the bridges and lock which are between Coinjock and Portsmouth.... This is best done on a weekend day, since there are fewer bridge restrictions.
Coinjock to Portsmouth is relatively short, but the bridges and lock make up for that. I'd stop at the Tidewater Yacht Agency marina for the night in Portsmouth.
Going from Portsmouth to NYC doesn't leave many places to jump into, so make sure you've got a good weather window.
Cape May is a good stopping point, if you need to get fuel and such. In my experience, Utsch's marina isn't very friendly to people stopping for fuel...and doesn't offer much in amenities to people unless they're staying overnight.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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