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12-24-2009 10:15 AM
justified Denise

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you.
Check out ActiveCaptain.com lots of good info there its free.
Have a wonderful and short winter - Gotta get the boats back in the water where they belong.

Peter
"Justified"
12-22-2009 10:50 PM
labatt Yamsailor - I don't have my charts in front of me to check depth, but we stayed at the Delaware City Marina about 3 years back on our 40' boat with a 6' draft. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't have gone in there if the charts had shown the water to be that thin, and we didn't have any issues. The entrance is a bit tricky, but we followed the markers in (and our radar out - almost a Maine fog when we left) and didn't see really thin water.
12-22-2009 10:30 PM
chef2sail Weve done the Delaware many times on our way to New England in the summer. We usually go from the Patapsco to Reedy Island 5 mi south of the canal on the Delaware side. Then we weither get up real early or wait until; the express (tide) runs down to Cape May. Usually is a shorter day when you do it from Reedy to beigin with (42 miles) if you catch the current you go 8 knots for 4-5 hours. Comming back we usually can make it to at least the Bohemia...usually the Sassafras. Again you have to play the tides.

As was said the lower bay when the predominant SE wind runs against the tide...it gets ugly. Short...choppy....square waves. Thunderstorms can stop you dead if running against the tide and chop. We make the Delaware enjoyable by taking short turns at the helm...11/2 hrs and playing rock and roll. Best advice for Green heads is avon skin so soft and flyswatters. One year my wife and I counted 123 of them dead in the cockpit. Those who have never experienced a green head ( I lived in ocean city NJ for 20 years), the only good greenhead is a dead greenhead. They bite till they die.

Dave
12-11-2009 10:47 PM
Tempest It's a long...day from Canal to Canal....Most people I know just hope for good weather and do it in one leg. I've been up the Cohanssey it's pretty. It's Quiet, the Bait Box Restaurant is right there. Worth a look see.

I've never been up the Maurice.

Neat Old lighthouses, a nuclear power plant are about the only other scenery

In the wrong wind esp.against tide the seas can get steep. I've done this trip at night a few times, it's black. There's not alot to get bearings from..so good navigation would be key.

There's a fair amount of shipping but you can avoid most of it staying outside the channel.

Then there are those days...when it's like a desert! It's Hot Hot Hot, not a sign of a breeze....green head flies..trying to eat your feet. Day's like that, I've stopped the boat and jumped in the water about once an hour...just to cool off and get away from the flies..

If I get a nice breeze and get to sail this stretch, I consider myself lucky!
Fishing isn't bad!
12-11-2009 09:47 PM
pdqaltair
Has anyone stayed at the Delaware City Marina in the past year?

I stopped there some years ago, to catch the ferry over to Pea Patch Island with my daughter; at the time the bulkhead was scruffy and very shallow (2-3 feet at MLW) and there were only a few slips, which had ~ 4-5 feet in them. Not much else. Now, according to their web site, they have installed a very long row of floating docks and can handle much more sizable boats. The whole waterfront looks quite re-modeled. It strikes me that they have really made a turn around and that I will definitely stop there instead of Chesapeake City next time I go the Cape May from the Chesapeake.

So, any local knowledge? Comments on the town? Other things to do?

Additionally, it seems my company may be starting a long-term project about 2 miles away in ~ 1 year, and it would be very convenient to spend a few nights there, now and then. Easy bicycle distance, though I am certain we will station a company car there too.
12-09-2009 07:59 PM
Flybyknight I moor my boat (3' draft) in the Broadkill, and sail out of Roosevelt Inlet. The immediate environs is very pleasant if you pick your days. The ice breakers and the inner and outer wall provide good shelter.
Lewes harbor is a neat destination.
Dick
11-10-2009 12:06 PM
pdqaltair
The last time I was in Boradkill, about a year ago, it was ~6' MLW.

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Originally Posted by tommays View Post
Having grown up on Broadkill Beach (North of Lewis ) and sailed and power boated there theres not a whole lot places to bail out for big boats as its shallow close to land

Growing up i cant ever recall much in the way of sailboats that were NOT trailer boats

Buy the same token the Rehoboth back bays are a windsurf/kiteboard meca because of the shallow water
There was a good jetty and light, but yes, it is not for large monohulls. There are really no deep harbors on the south shore, just the Maurice and the Cohanasey on the north shore.

I have always thought that entering a harbor to "bail" was the start rather than end of trouble, particularly on entrances that are shallow and open to waves. I often go in smaller harbors, many of them on the Delaware, but in fair weather when I have planned it that way. They are more intersting. But I have also changed plans when the entrances did not look friedly due to weather.

The last time I went around the Delmarva huricane Bill had just passed and ALL of the harbors on the coast from Delaware to Chesapeake were breaking, except for Chincoteague. The story is on my blog (Sail Delmarva: Trip Reports).
11-10-2009 10:49 AM
tommays Having grown up on Broadkill Beach (North of Lewis ) and sailed and power boated there theres not a whole lot places to bail out for big boats as its shallow close to land

Growing up i cant ever recall much in the way of sailboats that were NOT trailer boats

Buy the same token the Rehoboth back bays are a windsurf/kiteboard meca because of the shallow water
11-10-2009 12:05 AM
Keldee Have stopped at the Cohansey several times and recomend it.Good info (short and sweet) is in Skipper Bob
11-08-2009 11:41 AM
Yamsailor They are all open to the weather. There is the town of Salem across and south of the C&D. Be careful though--the holding ground, like the Cohansey is not the best. Makes sure you have a cqr anchor, a danforth won't be very good.

You can dock up at Delaware City, just know that there is barely 3 feet of water at the entrance at low tide. Once you past the entrance you have 4-5 feet unles it is a Spring tide.

I tend to deliver/sail boats no less than 35 LOA so my drafts are usually a little deeper than 30' LOAs.

I would consult the latest version of Coast Pilot #3. I use it all the time. You can download it for free.

United States Coast Pilot®
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