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Sometime in early Sept, the UN is in session and sporadically, they close the East River.
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From Norfolk, its a bit shorter to run the Virginia cut vs Dismal Swamp tho the Dismal is more scenic. Figure 4 days via dismal and mayne 3 days to get to Beaufort NC.
There are two advantages to taking the Dismal Swamp route, other than scenery. Number one is the hospitality at Elizabeth City, with its free dockage and the wine & cheese party (with roses for the ladies) for transiting mariners. Number two is the opportunity to calibrated your log, as there are mile markers along the canal and NO CURRENT to screw things up (since there are locks at both ends.)
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I have the Navionics ap on a tablet and it has tides AND current indicators. They work well.
I have Navionics as well. It does work but when planning a week or so in advance, it's so much easier to look at the current charts in Eldridge's. Getting through the Race or Watch Hill and then figuring out where to pull into a few hrs later, or how far up a channel you can get before the current turns with those old fashioned charts is a big help.

I'm of the school that thinks that good old Eldridge's is a little bit more accurate than other sources. That's just my personal opinion after sailing Block, Fishers and Long Island Sounds for all theses years. YMMV
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I have Navionics as well. It does work but when planning a week or so in advance, it's so much easier to look at the current charts in Eldridge's. Getting through the Race or Watch Hill and then figuring out where to pull into a few hrs later, or how far up a channel you can get before the current turns with those old fashioned charts is a big help.

I'm of the school that thinks that good old Eldridge's is a little bit more accurate than other sources. That's just my personal opinion after sailing Block, Fishers and Long Island Sounds for all theses years. YMMV
Rob is right on. I also use Eldridge's as my primary tool for figuring current when planning a cruise in southern New England. I use my RM chart plotter and Garmin Bluetooth Mobile as well.

FWIW, you might check out the tide and current info at Sandy Hook Pilots Association - Home Page if you plan to go by NYC.
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I also use Eldrich (hell, I teach Eldrich in ASA104) and have listened to Mr Eldrich speak at my sailing club. He uses the NOAA tide charts as his source.

For this example I used the tide and current info available in PolarView NS, which is also based on the NOAA data.
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Finding a good anchorage/harbor/marina at 50 mile intervals may not be feasible.
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Finding a good anchorage/harbor/marina at 50 mile intervals may not be feasible.
Only along the Jersey shore.

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Only along the Jersey shore.

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I also use Eldrich (hell, I teach Eldrich in ASA104) and have listened to Mr Eldrich speak at my sailing club. He uses the NOAA tide charts as his source.

For this example I used the tide and current info available in PolarView NS, which is also based on the NOAA data.
The electronic data available is convenient when underway, but for planning purposes, the hourly charts in Eldridge's for Buzzards Bay-Nantucket Sound and Long Island-Block Island Sounds are invaluable for getting the bigger picture without scrolling on a screen.
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I am old school as well and keep Eldridge on board where it collects dust

Using Navionics is much easier IMHO. Especially for trying to determine strength of current when on a trip In real time or planning one months away.

The nice thing about the Ap is that it gives you the actual strength of current/ vs the time at any particular spot/ time.

I have traveled for many years in the LI Sound , Narraganset Bay/ jersey Coast areas.

In planning your trip if you go through Hell Gate the worst thing is to go through at slack CURRENT . You will be set upon by tugs wpushing / towing barge trains of up to 3 barges. And not be able to get away from them until Governors Island.

Generally we set up for the ride down the Jeserey Coast from apt Washington ( free moorings)
And ride the max current through Hell Gate to Sandy Hok or out NY Bay and down to Barnegat or Atlantic City.

We've hit 13.5 through Hell Gate.


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