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09-07-2008 10:20 AM
Some Additions

Here are some additions to comments from others. We generally do not take the outside route from New England states, preferring the Long Island Sound (Duck Island Roads a favorite anchorage even if somewhat exposed) to a staging area like Manhasset Bay to wait for a favorable east river current. Manhasset Bay has free town moorings near G'3', ask the harbormaster or Port Washington launch. In late season you can almost always grab one (if not, holding is very good on the fringes of the mooring fields there). Then on to Atlantic Highlands where provisioning, spare parts if needed, fuel, water, pumpout, laundromat, etc, etc, are very convenient to the waterfront. The anchorage has excellent holding, town is convenient to the dinghy dock; the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club rents moorings and provides launch service through late October. Thence Atlantic City and Cape May.
The Cohansey River provides a stopover prior to the canal if you need it (not many services but diesel is available), I would not use the Cohansey in limited visibility, you'll need to keep your eyes open, it's twisty but deep, and there are small anchorages in the switchbacks in 20 feet with excellent holding. From there you can press through to the Sassafras River (worth a stop if you have time, we always see eagles there), holding is excellent and a little further up fuel and water are available. Or, the Summit North Marina in the canal if you need to stop. We like Solomons prior to Norfolk; don't miss the Dismal Swamp if it's open. You may want to check out 'Active Captain', online maps with marinas, anchorages, etc, we have found the info there (especially the cruiser supplied rating and comments) very useful. Skipper Bob (two spiral bound booklets) publications, one for anchorages, the other for marinas, are essential, used by almost every cruiser we meet. Feel free to check out our blog at for tidbits and photos of our 2007 trip to Charleston and return trip to Maine in 2008. It's updated whenever we can.
Our MO is to go slowly, stay put in bad weather, and layover if we like a spot. You are leaving the rat race, so don't create your own.
Best wishes for loads of fun,
09-05-2008 07:52 PM
Originally Posted by nk235 View Post
Bummer...yep thats how I feel. I was really looking forward to spending all that time on the boat in the warm turquois waters and now I have to look forward to hauling the boat in the cold gloomy weather of Nov two months away and not getting to sail for 5 months...
Go to the boat show and buy yourself a "treat" (sail, electronics, new outboard??) that you wouldn't have had the time/funds to get had you departed this fall. Something that would be really nice to have when you go next year. That'll take the edge off your disappointment....
09-05-2008 06:20 PM
Originally Posted by JohnRPollard View Post
Bummer. But you are young and there's plenty of time. On the brightside, you can make an even better go of it next year without all the rush. Keep planning!
Bummer...yep thats how I feel. I was really looking forward to spending all that time on the boat in the warm turquois waters and now I have to look forward to hauling the boat in the cold gloomy weather of Nov two months away and not getting to sail for 5 months...
09-05-2008 05:03 PM
JohnRPollard Bummer. But you are young and there's plenty of time. On the brightside, you can make an even better go of it next year without all the rush. Keep planning!
09-05-2008 04:45 PM
nk235 Thanks for all the advice, suggestions and information about the trip. Unfortunatly I am forced to postpone this to next year. The boat was there, the money was there, I was all set to go but the GF put the lid on it.

Since we decided this in such short notice she could not leave her job and tie up everything else with finances, cars, etc in such short a time and after much heated conversation I realized we couldn't do it. Although I am bummed out big time I guess it is for the best as if I tried to really push her she might have wound up hating it (and prob me). Also I guess if I am forced to look on the bright side we will also have much more money saved up next year.

Anyway thanks again for all the help and encouragement.
09-03-2008 09:10 PM
WinterRiver I did part of the trip early this summer, in the opposite direction, from NC to RI. Lots of things to think about have been covered, so I'll just add a couple:

Plan time in your schedule to enjoy where you are, not just get to where you're going. If you can, think of your trip as a cruise south, not a delivery. Long days every day can get old, even when you love it. A day spent in an interesting place every few days can be rejuventating. It's also better to relax rather than push on if the weather is iffy.

AIS is a relatively cheap add-on to a chartplotter, and it helps with monitoring the ship traffic.

Enjoy your trip -- I'm jealous.
09-03-2008 07:52 PM
SkywalkerII Nick,

Great to see you following through on your thought about making the leap! Just wishing I was in a position to follow you down. I'll keep an eye on your mooring - maybe I'll rent it!

Good luck.

Skywalker II
09-03-2008 07:29 PM
gc1111 Since the fixed bridge over the Cape May canal has been mentioned a couple of times, I would like to point out that it is a 55 ft. bridge. Low by ICW standards, but the OP's Morgan 323 only needs about 46 feet. And that canal cuts off a lot of distance over what can be nasty waters in the entrance to the Delaware Bay.
09-03-2008 07:00 PM
cmendoza Not much to add, but my wife and I just did the trip in our old Catalina 30.
We worked our way down from Massachusetts - anchored in Sandy Hook Bay for the night on Oct. 9th. Headed out the following morning on an overnight run to Cape May, spent a few days in Cape May (can strongly recommend Utsch's Marina)then headed through the cape may canal (don't forget, fixed bridge) and up Delaware Bay. We anchored for the night behind Reedy Island to wait for a good tide the following morning to get us through the C&D... we made Reedy Island to Annapolis, but it was a looong day! One more overnite should get you down the Chesapeake to Portsmouth...

Enjoy the trip,

Carlos & Maria
SV Rocinante

If you'd like to read a bit more about our trip or see some pictures, you can follow this link.
08-31-2008 01:12 PM
mccary I would echo others commenting about hurricane season! I sail the central Chesapeake Bay and would add that almost ALL the hurricanes we have experienced have happened in September! That said, the best time to sail in the Chesapeake is October. We have 4000+ miles of shoreline with so many coves and anchorages you could spend a lifetime sailing here (I have and will continue to explore and learn). Places to avoid and not to miss include: Don't Miss Annapolis, Baltimore Inner Harbor, RockHall, St Michaels, West River/Galesville, Solomon’s Island, Tangier Island, Deltaville, Mobjack Bay to name some of the Don't miss places. Some of the AVOID include Annapolis during the 2 weeks of Sailboat/Powerboat shows, Most of South River (too many big powerboats), Kent Narrows (shoaling requires local knowledge).

An important tool for your planning is a new item on the net:>> this is a link to a set of NOAA charts that are overlaid on googlemaps page! It is great for planning any trip. (I read this in current 9/08 Sail Magazine).
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