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Re: Delaware river questions

Thanks guys. I will leave at first light and go around the shoal. what about the exit from cape may ? lots current there when i got in this morning my heart was beating like crazy .... just not use to that stuff, insane current low depth etc, but i am getting use to that stuff slowly.

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Re: Delaware river questions

The bridge on the Cape May Canal is 55ft (above mean high water). The Cape May Canal exits directly onto the Delaware Bay; Its not the same as the 'ocean side' inlet to Cape May.

If you can get under this bridge, its the best way with the least hassle and for no passage through the shoals at Cape May Point.

For a passage out the Cape May Canal: Youll be leaving at 'after' low tide (4:50AM), and at ~6:30 to 7AM the tide at Cape May will be about 4ft. lower than high tide . ... or about 59ft. clearance. All of this is from 'data', so your actual clearance may be different.

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Re: Delaware river questions

Yes the bridge but i dont really like it .... if i leave in the dark lets say 5 or 6 in the morning and go around the shoal can i still make it ? well more then i think of it my clearance is 52 feet plus 10 inch so if its low tide or almost i think its safe to assume i can get under the bridge... what about other bridges on the canal anything i should be aware of ?

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Re: Delaware river questions

Sure, you can go out the ocean inlet head to the Epf shoal channel and make your decision based on what you SEE.

But, If you can get under that bridge (at near first light and with an additional ~4 ft. clearance due to the tide at 6-7AM) it would be far easier and more time saving to go that way. Probably would save you an hour ... or more.

Why I would attempt the Canal route tomorrow morning:
Current (west end of Cape May Canal / Ferry Terminal)
4:18AM slack
7:15AM 1.3kts flood
10:29AM slack
Which also means that you will have close to max. flood current in the Epf Shoal Channel when leaving at first light.
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Re: Delaware river questions

I was editing my last post as soon you answered. I think i am going to go under the bridge. at 52 and 10 inchs i think its safe. Anything else i should be aware after that bridge ?

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Re: Delaware river questions

Watch the height/clearance indicator boards on the bridge fenders and be under the middle span of the bridge; go slow under the bridge. If you see a boat with a large wake overtaking you when youre close to be 'under' the bridge, most commerciaL fishing boats will answer you on VHF Channel 13 if you need them to slow down. Dont be bashful to blow 5 blasts on your horn.

Cape May for the most part is a commercial fishing port and they dont seem to have much time for 'courtesy'; the fishermen dont seem to realize how tall a sailboat can be under a bridge.
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My buddy's a meteorologist with Rutgers. Here's the scenarios going on in the video. Pressure dropping, Greenland blocking and an inverted trough with the potential leaning toward it slingshotting from DelMarVa through NJ. The last time this situation happened was Sandy and while I hate to say that, this storm is looking more a threat.

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Re: Delaware river questions

Having done this trip over 50 times both Rich and Johns advice is spot on. I am 53 ft and clear the Cape May Canal Bridge no sweat. Use that advantage leave 1 hour before the tide change and you will have the current assist all the way to the Ssafrass and get there by 6 .

Turner Cove should get you out of the NE winds. If you make exceptional time and can do it use the inside anchorage of Worton Creek. Same distance as going up the Sassafrass and even more protected.

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Re: Delaware river questions

As a back up you can bail out at Delaware City marina, just above the C&D canal. On the Delaware end.

Call ahead if you think you may want to do that.

I rode out Irene and Sandy there.

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