Hi Dadidoc, Welcome and Happy New Year!
Nice vessel, I took a peek. I Sail out of NJ/NY. I'm assuming that you'll head
for Cape May as a 1st stop in the spring? I didn't see how tall your mast
was, if greater than 55' you might
have to go around the tip. Your draft
is pretty shoal, but pay careful attention to your route
around. Cape May is a nice stop. I've stayed at South Jersey Marina, pricey but convenient. The Lobster House is a short walk away.
touristy but fun. I like the raw bar outside.
From there, you have the option of taking a straight shot for the Fishtail or Block Island, ( maybe 36 odd hours ) or coastal cruising it.
The Run up the NJ coast is about 24 hours to Sandy Hook. You have Atlantic City, Barnaget, and Manasquan as the most popular inlets along the way. In nice weather
, I'd prefer to make the whole trip outside. Brielle Yacht Club on the Manasquan is a close in and out, caution is required as currents run fast there, you need to hit it right.
You can drop a hook in fair weather
behind Sandy Hook, in Horseshoe Cove.( watch your sounder and keep in mind there's a 4 to 5 ft tidal diff. ).or head
to the Atlantic Highlands Marinas
. Further up the Hudson
on the Jersey side is Liberty Marina In Jersey City, Newport
If proceeding up the East River, the theory is to hit the Battery
2 hours after low tide to catch a favorable current
, but I've hit it later and done well. Pay close attention to your Tide and current
tables. If coming from the south, you can pass safely behind Governors island in buttermilk channel to the Brooklyn
Bridge. Go up the west side of Roosevelt island. There is no diesel
on city island . There are numerous stops on the sound. Manhasset bay is an easy in an out shorty after entering the sound. Huntington Harbor is nice but will take you awhile to get back into it. I happen to enjoy picking up a mooring
ball in Port Jefferson. From Port Jeff you should be able to get to Gardiners.
There as many ways of doing this trip as there are cruisers, and alot will depend on your style and the weather.
Is it Spring Yet?