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Old 14-09-2013, 08:17   #1
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Cohansey River Entrance

We're planning to go into the Cohansey River on our way up Delaware Bay to anchor in order to break the trip up to the C&D Canal from Cape May into two days. I am seeing all kinds of conflicting information about the depth of the entrance and depths just inside the river. My plotter shows no depths for the entrance channel. We draw 6 ft. Do any of you have experience with navigating the entrance and the part of the river just inside?

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Re: Cohansey River Entrance

We were up the Cohansey in 2009/2010. I don't remember any depth or entrance issues at all. The river is wide and deep for a long way. There is a yacht club several miles up the river and there are boats in it with drafts easily 6', and probably more.

My advice is that if you get a favorable wind and current to simply go all the way through the bay, or at least to Reedy Island anchorage at the mouth of the canal. That bay is a bummer when things are against you.

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Re: Cohansey River Entrance

Thank you. When you talk about the Reedy Island anchorage, are you talking about the area behind Reedy Island that can be accessed between G1 and the R2 South of Reedy Island, or elsewhere?
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Re: Cohansey River Entrance

Yes, that's the place. A good stop overnight coming or going to the canal. Lets you get through the canal and way down the Chesapeake the next day.

Alternately, if conditions are favorable, you can make it up the Delaware, through the canal and there is a nice anchorage in the Chesapeake just after the canal, which you can make before sunset.

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Thanks. Fair winds and calm seas to you.
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Re: Cohansey River Entrance

If you do anchor in the Cohansey on a weekend, dinghy up to the yacht club - those people are SUPER nice.

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Re: Cohansey River Entrance

Thanks. We're not al all new to boating or cruising, but we're new to this area and now cruising a sizable sailboat after cruising a 34 ft. Sea Ray for many years. Appreciate you input. If you want to check out what we're up to my daughter's created a web site for us "sailingduet.com".
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Hi, we entered the Cohansey a few weeks after Sandy last year. The info on ActiceCaptain got us in ok. Once over the bar theres so much depth that you have to hunt around for shallower water to get a reasonably short amount of rode out. Of course, then it shoals near the banks in some places. We had no difficulty, though, with our 5' draft.
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