2 weeks is about right for a pleasure cruise
. There are plenty of beautiful places to anchor in Chesapeake Bay
. Use two days to get to canal, don't rush.. Canal is fun, you can pull into Chesapeake city, there are free docks, and wait for the right tide. And spend lots of money
around a town, it is built to spend money
. Anchor behind the Reedy Island in Delaware Bay. It is third day. Delaware Bay is an ugly place, however do we like to read Stephen King and watch X-files? if you really enjoy it, don't rush to Cape May. Make a stop. Cohancey river a nice out of any place and any galaxy stop, or, if you fun of postindustrial cataclysm novels, stop at Money Island. Anchoring
is good at both places, all so far 4-8 hours daysail.
Next stop is Cape May, watch for shoals, entering the basin on another end of the canal. Get a marina, there are a few around, or anchor next to Coast Guard Station. The town will bring a relieve from experience of Delaware Bay.
5 days so far( you can cut it to 4, if you rush)
Now get ready to be serious, Atlantic ocean
ahead. 5-8 hours will take you to Absecon inlet (Atlantic City) Enjoy, it is all weather inlet and lots of fun inside.
it will conclude Day 6, however there are lots of leeway, i did the trip in 4 days, day sailing a smaller boat, singlehandedly.
Now is a tricky part. you can extend the day 6 and get to Barnegat Bay inlet, which is benign in normal weather, as long as you are watching channel markers, including ones inside of the breakwater, stay to north side.
Next available stop is Manasquan Inlet, all weather, there are several bridges (two or three inside), lots of marinas
, very limited anchoring
, and after that, there is lower New York
At Cape May you will need to make a decision.(5th day)
a. you sail overnight to NY proper.
b. take three days to get there stopping at Atlantic City and Manesquan
c. take two days, with stop at Barnegat Inlet
Anyhow, your 8th day(or earlier) will bring you close to NYC
You can swing into Sandy Hook Bay, NJ, Great Kills Harbour, Staten Island, NY, or stop at Coney Island Creek, Brooklyn
Timing tides through East River, Hell Gate is important
Next day should bring you into Oyster
Bay, Long Island Sound
. (you cut 1/3 by stopping at City Island)
It is day nine, and we are not rushing. There are three pleasure days to get to Stonington with plenty of places to stop for a night.
I did all coastal navigation
last two years, using an app on my phone
. I love it.
The only tricky part is NJ Atlantic coast, but with right timing it can be done in day hopping.