We also used to enjoy taking the C250 down to the upper Chesapeake once or twice a year. From Essington, I'd singlehand to Bohemia River on the first day, where my wife would meet me by car for points further south. Might be a little tougher to get to Bohemia from Philly in one day, and Bohemia might be tougher to get into with a fin keel.
We went down to the Chesapeake over Labor Day weekend, making it as far south as the Magothy River. On the return we anchored in the Bohemia River on the south side, there was less than a foot under our keel at low tide! We were able to get into the gas dock on the north side at mid water, having my wife drive down and meet me there is a good idea. She let me know that the amount of time we spent on the boat was too long, of course the engine trouble and light wind on the way home didn't help with that...
Welcome! And congrats on your new boat!
In DELAWARE is first Delaware City Marina in Delaware City just above the Delaware entrance to the canal. And about half was through the canal is Summit North Marina. Both did allow live aboard, are pretty good storm havens, have lift and storage facilities, and allow DIY. DC Marina is much smaller, quieter and within easy walking distance to a small store, a couple of restaurants and bus transportation to shoping centers and super markets.
Heading through the C&D I wasn't aware of Summit North Marina until I was passing it, I need to add it to my list as a possible spot to get a transient if I end up battling the current more than anticipated.
There is a lot more going north ( that North means north of Philadelphia) There's Winters Sailing Center Riverside, of course dredge Harbor,v there's Riverton, there is a number (29) of yacht clubs, Delaware River yachtsmen League DRYL.org, Salem Harbour, Neshaminy State Park Marina, curtin's Wharf and Marina, D & S tullytown Cove, and I believe there is a new Marina just above tullytown Cove I don't know what it's called. The river is navigable and the shipping channel goes all the way to Trenton, Trenton Falls is the height of Tide meaning that's where there is no more tide above Trenton Falls which is a big rapid going under the bridge
Oh! if you're interested in racing Riverton has organized racing I believe they have at Fleet of Jay boats, East End yacht club based out of Burlington has Tuesday night races in front of Burlington Island between Bristol and Burlington, Philadelphia believe also has racing.
I'm familiar with Winters, I'm a racing skipper with Liberty Sailing and we keep our J27's on the hard at Winters during the off season. I do need to explore points north in my boat and see what is up that way.
Thank you all for the responses, I'm certainly excited to be here.