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Old 24-08-2012, 07:32   #1
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New York to St. Pete., FL

I am making the run from New York to St. Pete in November. I would appreciate any advice about the northern portion of the trip, especially Jersey.
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Old 24-08-2012, 07:40   #2
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Re: New York to St. Pete., FL

That time of year weather is a major consideration. Sandy hook to Cape May is offshore. You can then cut through the canal and go up the Delaware Bay, (with the tide!!), through the C&D canal and down the Chesapeake Bay, or if weather permits do the whole trip coastwise. Stay out of the gulfstream and use the counter currents. Best suggestion however is to leave a month earlier. You may get stuck inside for most of the trip due to weather!
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Re: New York to St. Pete., FL

Thanks. Understand the weather concern. Boat won't come out of Essex marine until late November so... BTW, looks like i could duck into Barnegat and take an inside route down to Cape May. Any thoughts?
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Thanks. Understand the weather concern. Boat won't come out of Essex marine until late November so... BTW, looks like i could duck into Barnegat and take an inside route down to Cape May. Any thoughts?
What size is your boat. I was not aware that Barnegat to Cape May inside was ok for sailboats. I have always done Sandy Hook to Cape May, not a long trip, about 110 miles or so if I remember right.
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Re: New York to St. Pete., FL

This run will be done in a 40 foot powerboat. Were i to sail in my boat I would stay outside and catch the counter current until I got to Cape May. Even though this boat has a five foot draft it doesn't offer the comfort and security of a heavy displacement sailboat and therefore I think I would opt for an inside passage as much as possible. Maybe this is because I'll be outside my comfort zone on a power boat. Thoughts?

BTW, thanks for your reply. This forum is new to me. Sort of nice...
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Re: New York to St. Pete., FL

Hope the weather works for you. I'd recommend getting south as fast as practical, but you'll need to take it slow when you're on the inside route in NJ...a five foot draft can be very tricky in some stretches. Check for problem areas from a good cruising internet sites and guidebooks (hint, hint). Have a safe trip.
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Thanks. Fully intend to invest in the guide.
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Need some clarification. The hurricane season I thought was 11-1 to 5-1??
Doesn't it affect your insurance if you start going South before Nov. 1 and wouldn't that increase the risk?
What is the best time to go down the East coast in the fall, heading to Bahamas and Caribbean eventually?
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Need some clarification. The hurricane season I thought was 11-1 to 5-1??
Hurricanes anytime of the year but "official" season June 1 to Nov1

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Doesn't it affect your insurance if you start going South before Nov. 1 and wouldn't that increase the risk?
Check your policy. Policies vary.


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What is the best time to go down the East coast in the fall, heading to Bahamas and Caribbean eventually?
October/November
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The NJ inside route is not well marked and shallow!
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The NJ inside route is not well marked and shallow!
Also has at least one fixed bridge. Have to pull my charts to confirm but think max vertical clearance about 30'. Probably OK unless you're in a sport fish with a tuna tower.
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Thanks all. So, we'll use the inside route as a last resort. That's sort of what i figured, but it would have been nice to hear otherwise.

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