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01-20-2009 10:39 AM
jasper LOve the photos.. post some more.. photos of Cape May, and harbor?
Looking across? Approaches? Anything.. ??

this is very helpful...

01-17-2009 01:50 AM
Wayne25 Here are some pics of the area.

Small section of Lewes.

Roosevelt Inlet

Cape May - Lewes Ferry

South end of the mile long breakwater stone wall with light house just off Cape Henlopen.

01-17-2009 01:25 AM
Wayne25 Yes, that's good info on the charts. Use 12216 and 12304.
01-17-2009 01:19 AM
chef2sail Wayne,
Good info. In the many trips I have made down from the C&D canal to Cape May, I have found the best route is cross the channel and stay significantly east of it except for the stretch near "Cross Ledge" where you need to virtually be in the channel. Running this way avoids any worrys with the big ships which are hauling at full speed up or down the Delaware.

The bridge in the Canal is 55 ft.
01-17-2009 01:13 AM
CalebD There are on-line charts that you can use to lookup some of the shoals mentioned in the previous post by Wayne:
NOAA BookletCharts
NOAA's On-Line Chart Viewer
Good luck if you do buy the boat and do this trip. Ask for crew if you want it. There are plenty of decent people here who might help you out.
Where in New England would you be bound for?
01-17-2009 12:58 AM
Crossing the Bay

It sounds like your boat is in Lewes as there are are no marinas in Rehoboth and Indian River Inlet has a 35' fixed bridge. I know the waters across the Delaware Bay very well since I fish there a lot. You need to study a chart of the area well. You will probably come out of the Roosevelt inlet at Lewes. The inlet is usually very easy to negotiate. There are submerged rock jetties on either side marked well by large markers. You will be taking the same route as the Cape May/Lewes Ferries. Its almost a straight line from Roosevelt Inlet to Cape May but with hazards on each side of your route. About 4 miles out from Roosevelt inlet you will be between The Sheers (a shoal) on your north and the rock piles (also known as the haystacks) and the mile long breakwater stone wall to your south. The sheers are fairly deep with the shallowest about 12' in a small area. The break water wall is marked, but the rock piles are not, but are 4' to 10' above the water. The Ferries go pretty close to these on their way to their docks in Lewes.
Next you'll go through the south end of the ship anchorage. There are usually several tankers anchored there waiting for pilots to take them up the bay. To your south at this point are bouys 8A and 8B. They mark the edge of the shoals that go across the mouth of the bay.
The main shipping channel going north up the bay will be next. The channel is not that wide and you'll cross it quickly. Brown Shoal will be to your north just before the shipping channel and runs north and south dividing the anchorage and the shipping channel. The lowest point on Brown shoal is about 10' and could have breaking waves depending on wind and tide, but you will be just south of brown shoal. After the shipping channel, is Brandywine shoal and has a light house a few miles north of your route marking the shipping channel's east edge. From there the shoals along the mouth of the bay will be on your south and you can sail into the Cape May Canal. I believe a bridge across the canal is 55', but check it out on the chart. Take my description above and locate all those areas on your chart. Once you have identified them you'll see it really is almost a straight run.
An important note. The tide will be running either north if its coming in or south if it going out. It runs fast at its peak, possibly 3 kts at some locations, so calculate for that in your navigation. I know from fishing the area, it takes about an hour for the tide to change direction and you'll have slack water for that hour. So an hour before change would be the best time to make your crossing.
01-16-2009 12:46 PM
Originally Posted by jasper View Post
Since it is 0* outside,, I am reading and researching ..

The boat is near Rehoboth beach .. as I look at the google map,
don't have any charts yet .. the first crossing is the Delaware river.

So,, tell me about the Delaware.. what to expect crossing from Del to
Cape May NJ..

Will build from there
I have never "crossed" Delaware Bay, I have made several trips between the C&D Canal, Salem NJ, and Cape May. There are numerous shoals on the Cape May side, so it is important to study the chart well. Also, you need to be on the lookout for the Cape May/Lewes Ferry that goes back and forth in these waters. Delaware Bay also has a good deal of commercial traffic, so you should be prepared for that as you cross the approaches to the shipping channel. I am guessing you are going to enter Cape May Inlet, but if you are using the canal, there is a fixed bridge with a vertical clearance of about 50 ft.
01-16-2009 12:28 PM
jasper Since it is 0* outside,, I am reading and researching ..

The boat is near Rehoboth beach .. as I look at the google map,
don't have any charts yet .. the first crossing is the Delaware river.

So,, tell me about the Delaware.. what to expect crossing from Del to
Cape May NJ..

Will build from there
01-15-2009 09:39 PM
SOUNDBOUNDER I bought my boat on Delaware Bay and sailed it north to LIS two years ago.
If you are single handling the trip, you should try to familiarize yourself a certain amount with several inlets in case of a failure or poor weather.
I made it from Salem NJ to Cape May the first day. Leaving before sunrise, I made it to Manasquan inlet the second day (long day), and then reached NY Harbor and the Sound on the third.
You should have a backup harbor for each day in case you don't reach your intended destination.
Also you need to keep the tides in mind for Hell Gate and the East River.

Where are you starting out from on the Delaware???
01-15-2009 08:37 PM
chef2sail have yahoo mail..**:**)
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