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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

Yes, watch for the T-storms later today. They could be severe as this heat breaks.

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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

Morning from Atlantic City - home of buzzing jet-skis and loud (but good) music from ashore. I had to vacuum the legions of dead flies this morning. All the hatches were open and no fly-screen in place because I thought I'd give any permethrin survivors a chance at escape. I didn't think it would work this well. I had a bottle of Lifesystems EX4 antimosquito clothing treatment aboard without a sprayer so I put it into a 500ml sprayer bottle and diluted it to fill the bottle. Then I went and gave all of the cushions in the boat a light misting, my bed and bedsheets, and then all of the cockpit cushions. I had about 100ml left so I did another light round of the cushions and sprayed the teak cockpit deck with the remaining solution.

An hour later the flies started dropping like... flies

I am going to get some more of this stuff for next season, it works like a charm and Permethrin is preferable to DEET.

Anyway, I'm taking the advice given and motoring down to Lewes today. I have a half-tank of diesel left so I don't really need to fill up but if I wait here a bit longer for the tide to rise I might make it to the Atlantic City fuel dock and can fuel here; there's no reason not to fill up when I can.

p.s. I am assuming that there are no suitable anchorages up the Delaware river - I have extra time today and it would shorten tomorrow's trip.
p.p.s. I will be here for another hour or so to let the tide rise. Until then, I'm visible at the Golden Nugget Webcam named „Golden Nugget Casino view of Brigantine Cove”. Only boat there and only sailboat without a mast
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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

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Yes, watch for the T-storms later today. They could be severe as this heat breaks.
The mobile device app MyRadar is very handy for observing wind, cloud, rain movements as it loops in an updating brief GIF. Definitely handy to see what's coming your way.

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Morning from Atlantic City - home of buzzing jet-skis and loud (but good) music from ashore. I had to vacuum the legions of dead flies this morning. All the hatches were open and no fly-screen in place because I thought I'd give any permethrin survivors a chance at escape. I didn't think it would work this well. I had a bottle of Lifesystems EX4 antimosquito clothing treatment aboard without a sprayer so I put it into a 500ml sprayer bottle and diluted it to fill the bottle. Then I went and gave all of the cushions in the boat a light misting, my bed and bedsheets, and then all of the cockpit cushions. I had about 100ml left so I did another light round of the cushions and sprayed the teak cockpit deck with the remaining solution.

An hour later the flies started dropping like... flies

I am going to get some more of this stuff for next season, it works like a charm and Permethrin is preferable to DEET.

Anyway, I'm taking the advice given and motoring down to Lewes today. I have a half-tank of diesel left so I don't really need to fill up but if I wait here a bit longer for the tide to rise I might make it to the Atlantic City fuel dock and can fuel here; there's no reason not to fill up when I can.

p.s. I am assuming that there are no suitable anchorages up the Delaware river - I have extra time today and it would shorten tomorrow's trip.
p.p.s. I will be here for another hour or so to let the tide rise. Until then, I'm visible at the Golden Nugget Webcam named „Golden Nugget Casino view of Brigantine Cove”. Only boat there and only sailboat without a mast
So you have a new moniker
“Lord of the Flies”😄😄😄😄

There is no stop over on the Delaware except Reedy Island up by the Canal
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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

I am waiting for the tide to rise here so that I can make it to fuel dock, and looking at tomorrow's planning. If I read it correctly, I want to enter the C&D canal heading west at around high tide so that the ebbing flow pushes me through the canal. High tide there tomorrow is 14:58 (call it 3PM) so with about 50nm from Lewes doing 7 knots on average I'd have 7 hours travel which would have me leave the anchorage at 08:00. If I go at 6 knots then I'd leave at 07:00. Since I'm up early anyway I'll leave a bit earlier and adjust my speed accordingly.
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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

Or the Cohannesy River way out of the way . With your draft Chesapeake City, Bohemia River, or even Town Creek are unavailable to you.

Schaffer’s about 2/3 the way through the Canal is a refueling place. This is about 6-7 hours into your trip

The green heads disappear once you hit the Chessie.


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I am waiting for the tide to rise here so that I can make it to fuel dock, and looking at tomorrow's planning. If I read it correctly, I want to enter the C&D canal heading west at around high tide so that the ebbing flow pushes me through the canal. High tide there tomorrow is 14:58 (call it 3PM) so with about 50nm from Lewes doing 7 knots on average I'd have 7 hours travel which would have me leave the anchorage at 08:00. If I go at 6 knots then I'd leave at 07:00. Since I'm up early anyway I'll leave a bit earlier and adjust my speed accordingly.
Remember it’s about current not tide. You want to hit the eastern end of the C&D Canal about 2 PM . Even if you are early the current against you is slowing.

You have a 27 mile ride to Betterton from there. ( 15 Canal and 12 Elk River run up from the Bay. You’ve been averaging 8 with no current so no longer than 3.5 hours from there and should arrive by 6 possibly earlier unless weather slows you.


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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

The most the current in the Canal will really slow you is 2 knots so you might slow to 6. If you want to wait a little or slow up on the way up it is ok but keep your eye on the weather. I want to get to the Canal ASAP as there is the Reedy Anchorage or even Delaware City if the weather looks snotty. But the flies will vanish


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More info. Winds start SSW then SW then W.
You want to get up out of the wide open Bay ASAP or you find out what a Delaware River Square Wave is. Once you get past Egg Point on the Jersey side the River Narrows , the fetch disappears and the ride smooths out if there is wind. Since the wind opposing current amplifies the condition you’ll be better off with the current with you too.


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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

Underway now, I went into the basin at 10:30 and only had 2 feet under keel at the entrance, but then it deepened and I've filled up on fuel (I used exactly 60 gallons from Newport) and am motoring at 2000RPM towards Lewes. The sea motion sucks today, the little monitor I have keeps on wanting to fall off the nav table so I think I'll stay topsides today and not upload the pictures of the trip. I am running low on both beer and milk (for coffee) but I'm not rationing myself yet.

I've been using the OpenCPN product for this trip and I'm pretty pleased with it, despite the occasional crash on both the tablet and Windows PC. The integration of tides and current plus the grib overlay is impressive and I am now thinking of dispensing with the Raymarine chartplotter in lieu of this solution when I refit the boat.
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