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There's an endless number of ways to do this trip. I first recommend obtaining a cruising guide there are several. I would also suggest obtaining a copy of the book a Cruising Guide to New England. These two resources will give you a wealth of information regarding stops along the way as well as great piloting advice. They make great Winter reading. Timing the currents at the Race, Hell gate and the C&D canal is critical.
As far as suggested stops along the way, everyone will have their favorites.
One of my favorite routes would be: Newport to the Connecticut River- Old Saybrook or Essex ( Essex is further up the river. but the town is right there)
From The Connecticut River, cross the sound and head for Port Jefferson a great little country town. From Port Jeff, you can head for either City Island or Manhasset Bay. ( port washington ) to set you up for the east river.
City Island has no diesel so fill up in port jeff, or manhasset ( capri marina)
Once you exit the East River you can head strait for the Atlantic Highlands, or Stop in Liberty Marina, or Newport Marina in Jersey City.
If you head for the Highlands, you can keep to the left and duck behind Governors Island and pass through buttermilk channel ( avoiding the battery.)
From the Highlands, you will want to wait for a good weather window to head offshore along the Jersey Coast. 1st stop could be Atlantic City, then Cape May. The Highlands to Cape May is about 24 hours +/- .
No need to get too far offshore, 2-3 miles is perfect. in 40-60 ft of water.
Check your bridge clearance for Cape May! You may have to go around ( in and then out again rather than going through the canal )
The trip up the Delaware Bay to the C & D canal is a long one. Waiting for a good weather window and the right current will make this easier. Once in the Chesapeake you have an infinite number of options; depending on your schedule you can explore any number of them, or just head straight for Annapolis.
It's good to have several plans and options and knowing where you can duck in if the weather turns.
Good luck, it's a great trip.
Last edited by Tempest; 01-16-2011 at 08:17 AM.