I need to transit the C&D ship canal and Delaware Bay to Cape May as part of a delivery
of a 40' sailboat from the Chesapeake to New York
Harbor. The boat can manage about 6 1/2 to 7 knots under power.
The boat is located about an hour from the entrance to the canal, can anyone share some insights on how quickly I can make it to Cape May assuming I can pick my departure time to work with the tide.
Also, any thoughts on transiting the canal at night? I am not adverse to the idea if I thought there was going to be less commercial
traffic or less traffic in general. Someone suggested avoiding Delaware Bay at night.
I am looking to optimize my time and do the delivery
over a weekend. This could mean leaving Maryland
at night or early in the morning on a Friday/Saturday with the hopes of clearing Cape May Saturday evening. Is this possible?
Your insight is appreciated. Thanks!