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Old 26-09-2012, 16:38   #1
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Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

I'm trying to break up the trip from Atlantic City up the Delaware,as I would have to be on watch for almost the entire trip. So I was thinking of going into harbor of refuge and anchoring overnight. Has anyone been in there, and what are the concerns, in tucking in behind the breakwater? Thanks, John
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Old 26-09-2012, 16:54   #2
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Re: Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

John,

Why not Cape May? Easy entrance, right on the way.

Then, if your mast height is less than 55', you could go thru the Cape May Canal and out the back exit into the Delaware. Save a lot of miles.

Just sayin'....

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Old 26-09-2012, 16:55   #3
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Re: Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

Probably will get better answers than mine but...I have anchored up the coast a bit, away from the harbor of refuge. Easy sloping sandy mud bottom. No problem in settled weather.

You will want to pay attention to the tides to catch the current up the bay.

If you can fit, you could do the Cape May canal.

I came down from aTlantic Highlands last month, and came through the Cape May channel. That saved a few miles, but had a bit of chop with wind against current for a half hour.

You may want to consider coming into the bay behind Cape May and looking for an anchorage along the shore on the North side if winds are right.

What is you destination on Del bay?
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Old 26-09-2012, 16:58   #4
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Re: Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

I have been there twice, behind the breakwater is a bit rolly but still Ok. A better choice is rosevelt inlet. Protected by a stone jetty and well marked. Once inside a left turn will lead you toward a Coast Guard station, continue on and anchor up. If you go right the Muni dock is on the right. You can dinghy from the anchorage to the muni dock and acess the city. Resturants exc. are walking distance. I recomend the Wharf, Say Hi to Jen.
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Re: Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

Sorry reverse the turns. Right to coast guard left to muni dock
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Old 26-09-2012, 17:23   #6
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Thats a nice easy run from atlantic city to harbor of refuge given right weather. The harbor of Refuge aint much to see but its fine for a quick anchor and go when heading up the deleware. Done this many times..
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Re: Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

thanks for the responses, mast is 83' so no canal, mostly wondering
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Re: Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

what the regulations and traffic situation is.
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I have been there twice, behind the breakwater is a bit rolly but still Ok. A better choice is rosevelt inlet. Protected by a stone jetty and well marked. Once inside a left turn will lead you toward a Coast Guard station, continue on and anchor up. If you go right the Muni dock is on the right. You can dinghy from the anchorage to the muni dock and acess the city. Resturants exc. are walking distance. I recomend the Wharf, Say Hi to Jen.
tHANKS that looks well worth looking into on a smaller boat, next trip. ( our beam is 24')
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Re: Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

We have used the Harbor of Refuge a couple of times. It's a good spot if you get caught coming down the Bay and it's getting late. We actually entered and anchor after dark once with no problem. Chuck
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Re: Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

That seems like a very long distance out of the way for the trip up the bay.

We went around the outside of Cape May since we were too tall for the canal. On the way to Del Bay, we cut close to shore, like 150 yards close to shore. Stayed well inside of the shoals. Saw nothing less than 10' in one spot but mostly 18'. Caught the tide and picked up 2+ knots from there all the way to Ches City running 7 to 8 knots
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Re: Harbor Of Refuge, Lewes Del

I think the H of R is a great stop on the way south. Quick and easy access, not out of the way at all if you just want a night at anchor and get back on the road early the next morning. Pretty well protected. The wakes from the ferries coming in and out of Lewes made it just a little rolly but not bad.
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