Originally Posted by palasz
My wife and I are interested in purchasing
a small pilothouse boat to navigate from Philly to St. Michaels Md.
I currently run a jet boat on the Delaware from Easton Pa to New Hope but have no idea where to begin to learn how to navigate through the C and D canal and the Bay.
Are there classes
? Would I hire a guide?
Any points in the right direction would be greatly appreciated!
The Delaware by us is easy.... No buoys and I can always swim to shore!
Yes, USCG Aux or US Power Squadron basic boating
course. The BoatUS online course may be useful in the meantime.
Once you have the basics down, navigation
through the C&D and through the Chesapeake is straightforward, in fact, relatively easy.
There's one stretch -- through Kent Narrows if you chose that route
-- where shoaling can be an issue, but that just means you need to pay particular attention to the markers (a useful skill, everywhere)... and you can cross that bridge when you come to it.
When you're ready, we can hum a few bars about St. Michaels; we go there often, and in fact just returned from there after this last weekend.