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I'm at the 3-mile line and since the seas are empty of anything I can bump into I've gone below to see if I still have internet (I'm using a tethered phone and it is a wonderful feeling to be connected while underway).
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It turns out he'd just been dismasted off Cape May, he had a harrowing story and said his bolt-cutters (he described it as a massive one) didn't work with the stainless rigging even though they chewed through his anchor chain like butter. He did have electrical power and a cutting tool which he used to get rid of the mast and rigging before it holed his boat...

If the seas remain this empty I'll see if I can get some pictures posted - I was at it "culling the herd" until 22:00 last night when I gave up.
Tethering using a mobile hot spot is terrific. I recall the days on board without cell phone coverage. We use the tethered phone to bring www onto a NUC computer and HP monitor powered by a buck 12v>19v transformer. No inverter use! I have a T mobile with unlimited data / hotspot so that's pretty cool too... all for $40/mo! That's a lot of connectivity for very little cash.

I dread having to cut my shrouds f\in a dismasting... they are 10mm and require something really serious to do the job I would like to read real world accounts of how to deal with this emergency.

Looking forward to viewing your captures from the journey.
 

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You should have fine internet all the way down the coast. Most of the boat traffic will be local fishing boats close to the inlets of Manesquan, Barnegat and Atlantic City. I wasn’t aware the Farley Marina was to shallow for you, I knew Kammermans was. The tide change is about 4 ft there and the anchorage is 15 off the Coast Guard Station so you will be fine, no matter when you arrive. Make as much progress as quickly as you can as usually the winds pipe up after 1 o’clock with the on shore switch off the ocean. As the land heat up and the air rises the ocean air fills in underneath it like clockwork every day. You’ll feel it as a cooling ocean breeze though nothing cool about temps today.

Predicted thunderstorms also as the frontal boundary will hear to break the heat wave. Should be intense as the temp differences in the air masses are extreme.

Stay safe.
 

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Re: anchorage @ Sandy Hook, It does make for an easier in/out weather permitting. Hindsight is always 20/20 though, At least now you know the area, and what's available, and the AH will accommodate your draft. Plus, you were able to get a visitor with a story to tell.

It's flattie season, most of the anglers will be drifting. There's a few artificial reefs along your path, the seas there won't be so empty.
I was supposed to go out with a friend yesterday, but opted out. Limit was caught by 10 a.m. So no fish dinner for me tonight! ;-)

Stay cool!
 

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Per their Website, Farley is Dredged to 8 ft. High tide tomorrow is @ 11:58 a.m. you might be able to sneak in around half tide @ 9:00 a.m. or later. Tidal Range is 3.7 ft.
 

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Tidal range is also a little wind dependent. At the Jersey shore are W or NW wind which blows over 15 will increase the low and high tide as much as a few feet. Here on the Chesapeake, NW winds following fronts in the fall usually create mini blowout tide also.

Right now you are also close to a full moon so the tide variances are a little increased. I didn’t realize that Farley was so shallow as we are 5 ft and a centerboard so very few places we can’t go. As Tempest said mid tide or more should be ok. The entrance to Clam Creek however can be shoaled. Sandy rearranged it a little

I see you are off Toms River so, 42 miles to go. Probably anchored between 5 and 6 PM

Tomorrow is only 40 miles to Cape May and you can get fuel at the Canyon Club back by the Garden State Parkway Bridge. Channel is deep enough to there.
 

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I just popped back online for an update. I can't recall who it was that warned me about the local horseflies, but I seem to have picked up about 100 or so while motoring out of the anchorage this morning. These are pretty small little beasties, the size of small normal flies, but they -bite-! They've been driving me crazy and I tried a bowl full of apple vinegar with some soap and even threw in a couple of slices of apple as an incentive but the flies have been avoiding it and concentrating on me; every time I stopped moving they'd go for the calves or ankles and while their bite isn't like a horsefly's they remain pesky. I even tried pulling out the vacuum cleaner to see if I could get them that way (no chance, they are too fast).

Then I remembered I still had a 350ml bottle of Permethrin for application to clothing that I'd never needed to use. Despite it being 5 years old I pulled it out and transferred it to a spray bottle and then applied the spray to the cushions belowdecks, my bedclothes, the cockpit cushions and then repeated until it was all gone. I've already vacuumed up about 30 of them that weren't quite dead yet but couldn't escape the vacuum suction. I hope that the rest will die in the course of this trip or at least go away and look elsewhere for food.

I don't like chemicals inside the boat, but I've never had issues with flies or mosquitos before since anchoring out in the Caribbean coupled with 15 knot trades (which mozzies can't fight against) is a good way to keep the critters away.

The seas are picking up a little bit and the motion of the boat without the mast is indeed quite different and not really comfortable.
 

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It was me who mentioned the dreaded green head fly as being the NJ State bird.

The only way to prevent them from bitting ......kill them with a fly swatter or wear long sleeved pans/ shirt and cover your ankles. Wind was blowing from the west and they live in the marshes. They love the transome out of the wind .

Deep Woods off with Deet works for a while by is not the cure.

At anchorage we have a cure.....for green heads as well as mosquitos and gnats inside the boat or bothering us in the cockpit. We have 4 or 5 incense burners on the boat. They hate Sandlewood incense. The down sides.....if / when the cops stop us I am sure they’ll be looking for pot. Hopefully you have your screens in or they will have found their way downstairs and make your life miserable later.

Fly swattter is the best weapon. One yer after we transmitted the Delaware my wife and I had a tally contest over how many we had killed. We both were over 150. When we got to Cape May and good cleaning of the cockpit was in order.

I would have expected the wind to pick up...onshore at one as is normal for the Jersey Coast.
 

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I Hate those Green Heads! They'll go anywhere, but they seem to like the well of the cockpit most. When they're around, I try to keep my legs and ankles out of the well. They certainly shouldn't like permethrin. They are typically much worse in the Delaware bay,
I remember, jumping in the water one year there and taking turns being towed just to get some relief from the heat and those flies.
 

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I just popped back online for an update. I can't recall who it was that warned me about the local horseflies, but I seem to have picked up about 100 or so while motoring out of the anchorage this morning. These are pretty small little beasties, the size of small normal flies, but they -bite-! They've been driving me crazy and I tried a bowl full of apple vinegar with some soap and even threw in a couple of slices of apple as an incentive but the flies have been avoiding it and concentrating on me; every time I stopped moving they'd go for the calves or ankles and while their bite isn't like a horsefly's they remain pesky. I even tried pulling out the vacuum cleaner to see if I could get them that way (no chance, they are too fast).

Then I remembered I still had a 350ml bottle of Permethrin for application to clothing that I'd never needed to use. Despite it being 5 years old I pulled it out and transferred it to a spray bottle and then applied the spray to the cushions belowdecks, my bedclothes, the cockpit cushions and then repeated until it was all gone. I've already vacuumed up about 30 of them that weren't quite dead yet but couldn't escape the vacuum suction. I hope that the rest will die in the course of this trip or at least go away and look elsewhere for food.

I don't like chemicals inside the boat, but I've never had issues with flies or mosquitos before since anchoring out in the Caribbean coupled with 15 knot trades (which mozzies can't fight against) is a good way to keep the critters away.

The seas are picking up a little bit and the motion of the boat without the mast is indeed quite different and not really comfortable.
Those are neither horseflies nor green heads, they are stable flies, Stomoxys calcitrans, an invasive parasite from the Old World https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stable_fly. Permethrin is an excellent counter measure and of very minimal impact on warm blooded animals, like yourself.
 

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If it has a green head......and they do.....it’s the dreaded green head fly
A type of horsefly which lives in the salt marshes

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabanus_nigrovittatus

I’m not an exterminator...nor am I a scientist I’d.....however their heads are green....and they bite.....till killed. No matter what their true scientific name.....they are a pain in the ass and very annoying
 

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I've been looking at the next parts of the trip and have a question about Cape May and anchoring off the Coast Guard station - it looks like those 10+ feet depths are all part of the channel. If I draw connecting lines between the reds and lines between the greens they seem to block out all the deeper water. Is this just because of the map scale?

These could be juvenile horse flies or, as Mast-und-Schotbruch suggested, stable flies. Numerous are dead and the others are just hanging about, hopefully they are stunned and I can vacuum them up. They are all over the inside, but I'll put up flyscreens tonight and this will be the first time that i have to use 'em.
 

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You are ok near the 7 . 10 ft . Note not the 7 A

You may want to go over to Lewes across the Bay.
There is deeper water to the west of the ferry breakwater near Lewes Beach. No fuel over there.

Weigh anchor at 6-6:30 on July 23 and by the time you hit the Miah Maul you be assisted by at least a two knot current which should keep assisting the whole river and continue through the Canal. There I’d fuel at Schaefer’s 2/3 way through the Canal.

You goal should be Betterton on the Sassafras....southern shore about 1.5 miles in from the Channel.
 

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I've been looking at the next parts of the trip and have a question about Cape May and anchoring off the Coast Guard station - it looks like those 10+ feet depths are all part of the channel. If I draw connecting lines between the reds and lines between the greens they seem to block out all the deeper water. Is this just because of the map scale?

These could be juvenile horse flies or, as Mast-und-Schotbruch suggested, stable flies. Numerous are dead and the others are just hanging about, hopefully they are stunned and I can vacuum them up. They are all over the inside, but I'll put up flyscreens tonight and this will be the first time that i have to use 'em.
New horror movie.....”Sleeping With The Flies”....😄😄😄😄😄
 

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(Back again) I got an e-mail from the guy who is going to manage the refit for me and he had suggested I skip Cape May and head straight to Schaefer's and stay there. That would be a long haul and I don't know if I can make the timings work out correctly. I like a short day to Cape May and a chance to get ashore and shop for fly strips and other means of insect destruction. There are still a number of lives ones buzzing about the cabins and cockpit area that are just waiting for me to fall asleep.

I checked the internet and seemed to get mixed reported depths for the Cape May Canal depth; officially it says "12 feet controlling depth" but I found one page which mentioned 7 feet dropping off to 1 quickly. Does anyone know if it really is that deep or should I just ask once I get there? It would save a bit of time for me if I could take it...
 

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I have tried several things to combat these dreadded flies. The best thing is a stiff wind. Without the wind, this works;

$4 from Harbor Freight / Aldi to $10 from Amazon
 

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If you needed a layover day to recover from the blood loss and 100 degree temps, you could possibly hang in AC for a day and re-stock. If Farleys can fit you. And head up the Delaware from there Going around Cape May. When you check in with the CG in AC, you could check with them re: Canal Depths.

Or just get to Cape may tomorrow and the CG station may have ore solid info. Trick is getting off the boat there. I don't know who there could accommodate your depth. It looks like the Canyon Club claims an 8' approach. Also, you'd be Transiting the Canal near low tide to be able to take advantage of the flood up the bay, so it might be risky without solid intel.
 

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I have transmitted the Canal many times.its depths are a true 11-12 in the middle, however you must stay close to the ferries when you get there. You also have to negotiate the “flats” on exiting for 15 miles which are shallow for your boats draft to get back to the channel.

Not sure how you would ever go to Schaffer’s and ride a current, from where you would be at Atlantic City. it would take you many extra hours under motor bucking the two to three knots. Bucking the Delaware current anywhere is not smart especially up where it’s narrow and runs stronger. It’s easy to think this through to much, and you won’t like tying up at Schaffer’s. Besides the ripping current through there, there are big ships ( ( 100 ft+) which come throughout and through quite a wake in a confined area. The only place to tie up is the fixed bulkhead right after the bridge ( fuel dock) which sticks out into the Canal . Personally I would never say at Shaffer’s except to get fuel. So your friend is suggesting a long day plus fighting the current, tying up at a suspect place where you might get batted around plus your last day to Annapolis is 58miles vs 38 from Betterton .

BTW , If you aren’t taking the Canal, you’d have to come back out the Cape May inlet and go around the point, so you may as well have stayed in Lewes.

Atlantic City to Lewes May be the best option that way you don’t have to worry about depths of the Canal or depth of the Coast Guard anchorage. Atlantic City to Lewes 43. Lies. 47 miles to the Canal and another 13 to Shaffer’s if you don’t get fuel in Atlantic City. You’d get to Schaffer’s at 12-1 in the afternoon weighing anchor at 6 AM at either Cape May or Lewes. If you don’t need fuel and keep going you’d get to Betterton by 4 PM . You’d have an easy 5-6 left to Annapolis.

We usually do the Cape May Canal, but only draw 5 ft. If you take the Cape May Canal you will have to zig zig across the flats and shoals to get back to near the channel because of your draft. Again we are 5 feel and can cross those flats. Almost everyone needs to be close the the channel when you get to Cross Ledge.

My recommendation is anchor of Atlantic City. Pull in on the rising tide and get fuel at the Farley dock if you must.....go to Lewes and set yourself up to do your final two days. One longer one and other short one.i always let the current work for me.
 

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I just arrived at Atlantic City 30 minutes ago and have just opened a happy-hour and arrival beer after dropping the hook and calling into CBP to report my location.

I don't know how accurate Marinetraffic is, but I came into the harbor at speed, slowed to 5 knots then slowed to sauntering pace while approaching the spot off the Coast Guard station. The charts had been spot-on up until now so the little spot that read 10 feet didn't worry me until the depth went up rapidly from 6-5-4-3-2 and aground... Judicious reverse gear and some German invective got me off the shoal mud and I motored around that spot and now have 5 feet under the keel at low tide. I put out 4:1 scope for high tide although there's no sign of CuNim around. The little flies are dying in droves but some seem to be resistant against permethrin or have not alighted on any of the cushions. Unfortunately, the 2-stroke versions of flies, or fleas, are buzzing around the boat but they will probably retire to the casinos ashore come dark.

I've got a sorry excuse for an anchor ball put up and I hope that my night-anchor-light will last the night. I might disconnect my green and red navigation lights and leave the aft white light on just so that nobody will ram me from behind considering my anchor light is a dinghy all-around-white light on a little stick. Not that I don't trust boaters... but I don't trust boaters :)

I spent several hours today editing pictures, but the motion of the boat was pretty bad (I had to velcro down my little monitor so it wouldn't roll off the nav table) and I'm now tired of being belowdecks. I used my little kitchen alarm set for 10 minutes and popped my head up to scan ahead each time. Only once did I mess up, the alarm went off and I went to the head and then looked, and had just passed a small fishing vessel about 100 feet off to port side. But apart from that one event there was not much activity in the afternoon past the 3-mile line. An additional bonus is that now my holding tanks are flushed and squeaky clean.
 

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I just arrived at Atlantic City 30 minutes ago and have just opened a happy-hour and arrival beer after dropping the hook and calling into CBP to report my location.

I don't know how accurate Marinetraffic is, but I came into the harbor at speed, slowed to 5 knots then slowed to sauntering pace while approaching the spot off the Coast Guard station. The charts had been spot-on up until now so the little spot that read 10 feet didn't worry me until the depth went up rapidly from 6-5-4-3-2 and aground... Judicious reverse gear and some German invective got me off the shoal mud and I motored around that spot and now have 5 feet under the keel at low tide. I put out 4:1 scope foffr high tide although there's no sign of CuNim around. The little flies are dying in droves but some seem to be resistant against permethrin or have not alighted on any of the cushions. Unfortunately, the 2-stroke versions of flies, or fleas, are buzzing around the boat but they will probably retire to the casinos ashore come dark.

I've got a sorry excuse for an anchor ball put up and I hope that my night-anchor-light will last the night. I might disconnect my green and red navigation lights and leave the aft white light on just so that nobody will ram me from behind considering my anchor light is a dinghy all-around-white light on a little stick. Not that I don't trust boaters... but I don't trust boaters :)

I spent several hours today editing pictures, but the motion of the boat was pretty bad (I had to velcro down my little monitor so it wouldn't roll off the nav table) and I'm now tired of being belowdecks. I used my little kitchen alarm set for 10 minutes and popped my head up to scan ahead each time. Only once did I mess up, the alarm went off and I went to the head and then looked, and had just passed a small fishing vessel about 100 feet off to port side. But apart from that one event there was not much activity in the afternoon past the 3-mile line. An additional bonus is that now my holding tanks are flushed and squeaky clean.
You made great time.....Talley ho.


Absecon Inlet where you are was hit particularly hard by superstorm Sandy
A few years back it rearranged that inlet a little.

Across inlet from you there is an anchorage in the marsh, but I don’t think it works with your draft. Now that you are south, most groundings will be mud or sand.

Tomorrow if you wait till 9AM there will be a two ft increase in depth on the incoming tide and it may be possible to fuel up. The Coast Gaurd would be the best to ask
 

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Z . As much as I like Cape May, I think I concur that it just might be too much hassle there with your draft. I concur with staging yourself at Lewes to set up for the Delaware passage. With a watchful eye on the Weather of course.
 
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