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03-15-2013 07:58 PM
amarinesurveyor
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

A long time ago, I anchored among the moored boats at Riverton Yacht Club and they let me dinghy to the club pier and tie it there, since my brother in law was a member. I stayed there almost a week visiting my mother in Cinnaminson and sister in Riverton (I grew up in Palmyra). It is exposed and the currents are swift but the holding is good. I slept aboard every night and my single 22# Danforth held with no problems in the tide shifts. It is well out of the channel but still open to swells from wakes from ships and tugs. I made the trip up the river from Annapolis in two days, anchoring in the basin on the south side of the canal across from Chesapeake City the first night, then a long day up to Riverton YC. It was fun to visit there by boat.
Brian
03-11-2013 01:21 PM
chef2sail
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

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Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
Dave,
Dump some PM's - your inbox is full.
Done thanks
03-11-2013 01:02 PM
deniseO30
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

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Originally Posted by Ulladh View Post
Its been about 5 years since I stayed at Philadelphia Marine Center, so my information may be somewhat dated.

Clean marina with good security, clean bathrooms and showers and small laundry area.
Noisy, sandwiched between Dave and Busters and the Ben Franklin Bridge. The bridge noise dominates after Dave and Busters and the neighborhood clubs close.

On the positive side, easy walking access to downtown Philadelphia, Historic Areas, Northern Liberties, good resturants with young creative chefs, Penn's Landing, Festival Pier, Sugar House Casino,....

Good public transit to Ben Franklin Parkway, Art Museum, The Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, and a wide selection of live theater and live music.

Be watchful exiting the marina wake protection into the river as barges and tugs come very close to the ends of the piers.
I hear that it's silted pretty bad and to enter other then high tide is touchy for keel boats.
03-11-2013 11:52 AM
Ulladh
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

Its been about 5 years since I stayed at Philadelphia Marine Center, so my information may be somewhat dated.

Clean marina with good security, clean bathrooms and showers and small laundry area.
Noisy, sandwiched between Dave and Busters and the Ben Franklin Bridge. The bridge noise dominates after Dave and Busters and the neighborhood clubs close.

On the positive side, easy walking access to downtown Philadelphia, Historic Areas, Northern Liberties, good resturants with young creative chefs, Penn's Landing, Festival Pier, Sugar House Casino,....

Good public transit to Ben Franklin Parkway, Art Museum, The Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, and a wide selection of live theater and live music.

Be watchful exiting the marina wake protection into the river as barges and tugs come very close to the ends of the piers.
03-11-2013 09:18 AM
chucklesR
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

Dave,
Dump some PM's - your inbox is full.
03-11-2013 03:00 AM
chef2sail
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

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Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
Dave,

I've anchored a couple times behind Little Tinicum. I've never done it long enough to contend with the 180 degree tidal swing. Actually, I've really only done it to practice setting the hook. We have little desire to stay anchored there because of the plane noise - and of course we have our slip there anyway. The east end - near Anchorage where I keep my boat - is well protected from the river fetch, but very noisy due to low-flying jets. The west end by Corinthian and West End Club are a little less noisy because the planes are higher at that point, but the fetch is worse.

When we want to relax for a few hours, we go to the cove at Riverwinds. It's nothing like the serenity of the Chesapeake, but it's the closest thing we have, it's well protected, and as a small cove it does not have too much current except at the mouth. It's only an hour sail, so it's very reachable for us. You might have difficulty getting in any time besides high tide - not sure what your draft is, and I haven't checked out the depths much once inside. I haven't ever anchored there because RiverWinds YC has set mooring balls there and we have reciprocal privileges. So I don't know how the hold would be. Also, not sure whether overnight anchorage is allowed, although the chart shows no restrictions. If you could get in there and dinghy to the small beach, there's a pretty decent restaurant on shore.

If you want to spend time in downtown Philly, you probably need to take a slip. The Penns Landing Marina was renovated a couple years ago and is a real cool location. We stayed there one night last September and had a wonderful time. There is city noise and parties on Moshulu and at the Hyatt, but you're right in the middle of the city next to the Independence Seaport Museum, but out along the seawall it's open enough to get whatever breeze is available off the river. The girl on the phone told me they have bathrooms and showers on a remote location that they'll take you to in their golf cart, but the dockmaster claimed it's for employees only "but I'll take you there if you really want to" - but not after 5 pm, when he's off the clock. They need to get their act together on this. We only stayed one night, so we didn't bother with the showers. Also no fuel or pumpout there.

The Piers marina is a dump, and severely silted in. It's also very stagnant air, since it's surrounded by buildings (pier warehouses converted to condos/restaurants) on 3 sides.

Philadelphia Marine Center has a better reputation, but I have no personal experience with it. It may also be surrounded by piers.

Check ActiveCaptain for other possible locations. Wiggins Park across in Camden has gotten mixed reviews - at best.

It is nothing like the Chesapeake. As you know, the main benefit it holds for me is that it's 12 minutes from my home (which we'd invite you to). But Philly is a nice place to visit, and if you can find a decent marina it's a nice place to have a floating hotel for a couple days.
Thanks Rick for the details. I am a Philly boy rememebr. Still route for the Flyers, Eagles, Sixers and Phillies. Tough living in Baltimore the super bowl champs. I grew up in Bryn Mawr. I am friends with the owner of the Moshulu which has been there since Ive been in HS.

We used to hang out at the end of the Internatinal Airport runway and party in school and watch the planes rumble down the runway at us taking off barely over our heads.

Just looking for a fall place different to cruise to when its cooler. Looks likem anchoring is really a no no

Dave
03-11-2013 12:31 AM
TakeFive
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

Dave,

I've anchored a couple times behind Little Tinicum. I've never done it long enough to contend with the 180 degree tidal swing. Actually, I've really only done it to practice setting the hook. We have little desire to stay anchored there because of the plane noise - and of course we have our slip there anyway. The east end - near Anchorage where I keep my boat - is well protected from the river fetch, but very noisy due to low-flying jets. The west end by Corinthian and West End Club are a little less noisy because the planes are higher at that point, but the fetch is worse.

When we want to relax for a few hours, we go to the cove at Riverwinds. It's nothing like the serenity of the Chesapeake, but it's the closest thing we have, it's well protected, and as a small cove it does not have too much current except at the mouth. It's only an hour sail, so it's very reachable for us. You might have difficulty getting in any time besides high tide - not sure what your draft is, and I haven't checked out the depths much once inside. I haven't ever anchored there because RiverWinds YC has set mooring balls there and we have reciprocal privileges. So I don't know how the hold would be. Also, not sure whether overnight anchorage is allowed, although the chart shows no restrictions. If you could get in there and dinghy to the small beach, there's a pretty decent restaurant on shore.

If you want to spend time in downtown Philly, you probably need to take a slip. The Penns Landing Marina was renovated a couple years ago and is a real cool location. We stayed there one night last September and had a wonderful time. There is city noise and parties on Moshulu and at the Hyatt, but you're right in the middle of the city next to the Independence Seaport Museum, but out along the seawall it's open enough to get whatever breeze is available off the river. The girl on the phone told me they have bathrooms and showers on a remote location that they'll take you to in their golf cart, but the dockmaster claimed it's for employees only "but I'll take you there if you really want to" - but not after 5 pm, when he's off the clock. They need to get their act together on this. We only stayed one night, so we didn't bother with the showers. Also no fuel or pumpout there.

The Piers marina is a dump, and severely silted in. It's also very stagnant air, since it's surrounded by buildings (pier warehouses converted to condos/restaurants) on 3 sides.

Philadelphia Marine Center has a better reputation, but I have no personal experience with it. It may also be surrounded by piers.

Check ActiveCaptain for other possible locations. Wiggins Park across in Camden has gotten mixed reviews - at best.

It is nothing like the Chesapeake. As you know, the main benefit it holds for me is that it's 12 minutes from my home (which we'd invite you to). But Philly is a nice place to visit, and if you can find a decent marina it's a nice place to have a floating hotel for a couple days.
03-10-2013 09:12 PM
Ulladh
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

There are few safe overnight anchorage on the Delaware River above the C&D.

The two official anchorages that are not for commercial shipping are behind the north jetty between the C&D entrance and Delaware City, and behind Little Tinicum at Essington.

The Delaware City anchorage is very exposed and in a swift current.

The Little Tinicum anchorage varies from exposed to a 5 mile fetch off Corinthian to well protected opposite Anchorage Marina.

Anywhere else on the river will get a visit from USCG, NJ or Phila marine police, DNR or the fish and boat commission asking if you need help.
03-10-2013 08:07 PM
chef2sail
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

[quote=gershel;1000799]
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
I know Rick and Colin spend some time sailing the Delaware and may have some " local " knowledge of anchorages.

We have frequently anchored behind Reedy Island which we use as a staging stop waiting for current change on our trip down the Delaware. It actually is quite a beautiful safe anchorage as long as you dont stare at the nuke plant. Also you are a little expose from the South put you can tuck in and get some releif. We set a kellet to prevent anchor wrap and all is good.

I have just started to use a kellet for that reason, after cutting a nice notch in the keel. It actaully happened at Reedy Island 2 years ago. I was wondering how you rig yours?
Marc
Thanks for your reply

I have a good holding 33 lb Rocna for starts.

I attached a 1/4 inch shackle to the anchor top
Overtons Vinyl-Coated 10-lb. Mushroom Anchor - Overton's
WEST MARINE Stainless-Steel Screw Pin Anchor Shackles at West Marine

Then i attached 25 feet of 1/4 inch line to a thimble

I drop and set the anchor and cleat it off. I open the large shackle put the anchor line in the big circle part, the mushroom shalcke and the thimble on the shackel pin and close.

I lower the mushroom anchor ( it slides down the regular anchor line so that the anchor is 5 ft below my keel ( if I have the depth) . My keel is 4.5 and freeboard at the bow roller is about 11 ft, so i let it slide down the anchor 21 ft from the bow roller. I then tie that line on the cleat.

It keeps the anchor line weighted down straight so when the boat swings in the current the keel can pass over the line and doesnt get caught. Thats the primary reason I use it, not for the decreased catanary angle.

It has worked well so far although I have not used it in winds in excess of 30 knots.
03-10-2013 05:45 PM
gershel
Re: Delaware River Anchorages

[QUOTE=chef2sail;1000382]I know Rick and Colin spend some time sailing the Delaware and may have some " local " knowledge of anchorages.

We have frequently anchored behind Reedy Island which we use as a staging stop waiting for current change on our trip down the Delaware. It actually is quite a beautiful safe anchorage as long as you dont stare at the nuke plant. Also you are a little expose from the South put you can tuck in and get some releif. We set a kellet to prevent anchor wrap and all is good.

I have just started to use a kellet for that reason, after cutting a nice notch in the keel. It actaully happened at Reedy Island 2 years ago. I was wondering how you rig yours?
Marc
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