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07-23-2013 06:53 PM
smurphny
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

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Originally Posted by TomMaine View Post
Agreed, it's the bays on each end that you have to worry about. You can meet some crazy seas at either end depending on wind direction.

Going North, I think Onset is hard to beat for an anchorage, overnight (or?) or to wait for a fair current through to Cape Cod Bay. Not far off the Canal, good anchorage or marina options and well protected.
Coming out of the canal, going across to Ptown was the only time I have ever had a wave break right into the cockpit. Other boats crossing were turning back running for cover. CC Bay seems to get that square wave effect like Gardiner's Bay. Nasty.
07-23-2013 05:50 PM
mgiguere
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

This is all true; however, one of my favorite trips when we were in Marblehead was a circumnavigation around Cape Cod coming down thru the canal and out to Nantucket for a jumping off point. We (wouldn't have done it singlehanded) flew the spinnaker all the way up the "forearm" after picking our way out from Nantucket in the fog...(no gps then in the 80's). Storm came in at the top so instead of stopping in Provincetown as planned (which would have required a long merciless beat), we simply reached to Scituate...non stop from Natucket. Quite a ride. Motored back to Marblehead the next day in no wind. Memorable.
07-23-2013 05:21 PM
TomMaine
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

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Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
The canal is wide and straightforward. Just get the current right. Worry more about the conditions in CC Bay. It can get pretty nasty. +1 for NOT trying to go around. There are no good bailouts, a lot of shoals and currents. You can anchor just south of the canal entrance channel and wait for the current to switch.
Agreed, it's the bays on each end that you have to worry about. You can meet some crazy seas at either end depending on wind direction.

Going North, I think Onset is hard to beat for an anchorage, overnight (or?) or to wait for a fair current through to Cape Cod Bay. Not far off the Canal, good anchorage or marina options and well protected.
07-20-2013 06:40 PM
smurphny
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

The canal is wide and straightforward. Just get the current right. Worry more about the conditions in CC Bay. It can get pretty nasty. +1 for NOT trying to go around. There are no good bailouts, a lot of shoals and currents. You can anchor just south of the canal entrance channel and wait for the current to switch.
07-10-2013 09:21 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

I agree that going outside affords no port of refuge. But, I also just think the canal is fun. How often does one transit a canal? Worth the trip, particularly if you can time a fair current.

There is an LOA that requires checking in with canal control, which I'm sure we are all below. Can't recall it exactly. However, I always give them a call anyway and they will let you know if there are any big boats coming the other way. Not necessary though, it just puts your head in the game.
07-09-2013 05:57 PM
deniseO30
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

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Travel along the Canal edge and the adverse current pretty much disappears.
I know this! from all the years of canoeing rivers! Duh.
07-09-2013 05:54 PM
sailingfool
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

Travel along the Canal edge and the adverse current pretty much disappears.
07-09-2013 03:43 PM
captden
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

Growing up in New England I have traversed the canal many times, first time had the current against me. The people that were walking along the path were making better time than I was. Never seen the time limit enforced. Getting the current right you can do the whole canal in 45 min-hour. I have sailed the complete east coast a few times and the CCC was the only cape I've never done outside
07-09-2013 02:40 PM
deniseO30
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

It all kinda makes someone with a near 30 year old boat and engine wonder about even attempting such trips. Even though I do dream of that 38-42 ft boat someday. Just the C&D gives me pause when entering, yet gives me joy on entering the upper chessie.

So, I assume people take a mooring or drop the hook at either end until the tidal current are good for the trip?
07-09-2013 02:15 PM
Tim R.
Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

I have transited the canal a few times both at day and night and I do not recall being tracked or monitored in any way. I think this may be just to keep the sightseers and fisherman out.
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