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Old 11-11-2008, 04:52   #1
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I think we are now on our way...

After leaving the CT river over two weeks ago and heading south we are now in Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island. We just went through the infamous Hell Gate, and it was smooth sailing. We planned the tides correctly and had no issues, however, there were times we approched 11 knots, that was kind of cool. We are now ready to head down the Jersey Coast then up into Delaware and on to the Chesapeake. It is starting to get cold, want to get south. We had some damage in Port Jefferson during a Gale just a couple of days after starting and had to stay a week in Oyster Bay to have repairs done. But I think we are now really on our way...

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Old 11-11-2008, 05:28   #2
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I am not familiar with the N.E. area for sailing. Are there times when you can get outside, and do some 24- 36 hr sails? I have done the ICW from Ft. Lauderdale to Jacksonville. Never in one shot, but in parts. I would rather get outside, and do some coldweather sailing to get south. Plus I personally prefer not to have to watch for markers, wait on bridges, and get huge waves from inconsiderate powerboaters.

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Old 11-11-2008, 07:41   #3
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This time of the year most cruisers get below Hatteras (Beaufort NC) before going outside. It is a bit late to be so far north, most are south of Cape Henry (Norfolk) by the end of October.
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Mike, Great to hear you are under way. Best to get south as quickly as possible but you might still have some not so cold days ahead. Watch the northers coming down the Chesapeake. They can be the worst part of the trip. Fair Winds
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Old 11-11-2008, 18:53   #5
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when you get to the cheasy right in the middle ( inner harbor area ) is a good anchorage, right next to the fuel dock and across the street for a grocery store and a west marine is 200 yards away. if you need it just pm me and i can send the gps stuff, and can even meet ya for dinner, lots of good places around here.
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Good Luck Mike. Have a great trip.

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