Did I miss some info? Are you doing this trip solo? or will you have crew?
And what time of year are you setting out? Spring? Summer?...
On the Delaware leg, I've always done the Canal to Cape May in one shot.
Leaving early is the key. I've left the canal as early as 2 am to catch a fair current through the canal and out into the Bay....and it get's me in to cape may in full daylight with time to spare.. Certainly leave by dawn. it's a long day.
You can sail just outside the shipping channel, where it cooincides with your course. I wouldn't divert too far from your line to hug the jersey coast, you'll be dodging pots and stakes all day long..
The Delaware Bay can be really snotty with the wrong wind...or it could be a long hot motor...with green head flies..bitiing your ankles all day....
I understand, that you may not want to sail at night...However, the sail up the nj coast in good weather can be very enjoyable and a lot less stressful than running an inlet. Atlantic City is pretty easy. You'd want to make sure you check your tides and currents for Manasquan. The current runs strong in the river, expecially near the docks and bridges at Brielle, where you'd likely stop. Cape May to Sandy Hook, is roughly 24 hours...from Atlantic city somewhat less..
Watch your depths in the Basin in Cape May...
This is a fun trip...enjoy....you might even catch fish!
I have two crew for part of the trip (Albany to Toronto) but I will be solo for the Chesapeake, Delaware and the New Jersey coast. As the time comes closer I might hire a professional captain for the Annapolis to New York City run, I just don't know yet. The plan is to launch the boat in early May and take a week to just cruise around the Chesapeake getting use to the boat.
I have not setup tide info yet as this thread was primarily because I was confused about a couple chart issues. I will post more detailed info as I finalize the individual legs of the trip.
So far I have leg one at 55 NM taking me from Annapolis through the C&D canal to the Reedy Island anchorage. Depending on weather, trip time... I might make a run as far south as the Cohansey River. Leg two will only go so far as Cape May Harbor since the New Jersey Coast will wait for leg 3. The plan was for a few legs to hop up the New Jersey coast because of the length of the run if I went all in one day. I am not comfortable with the idea of sailing at night as I have never done it before. I could look at making as much distance as I could on day one and end day two in Atlantic City, I suppose I could leave Atlantic City at 4pm and sail 24 hours straight to Sandy Hook. This would let me sleep a good 14 hours before tackling the Hudson... Sooo many options.
Thank you, the thing I have forgotten is that this IS SUPPOSED to be fun. I keep looking at it almost like a job, something that has to be done and specific goals need to be kept. I'm taking three weeks of work but what the hell, if I need a fourth i'll take a fourth.