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Old 04-05-2015, 14:51   #16
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Re: Cape May Canal local knowledge.

I draw 6.5 ft, any chance of making it though the Canal?

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Re: Cape May Canal local knowledge.

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, frankc.

Every effort is made to maintain a controlling depth of 6’ throughout the New Jersey ICW, but due to continuous shoaling, depths of 3’ MLW may be found especially in the areas south of Barnegat Bay. The Cape May Canal Project Depth is 12’ between Cape May Harbor and the Delaware Bay. Mariners should be aware that the last survey of the Cape May Canal, done in November 2012, showed 2.1’ spots between Spicer Creek Canal and the inner end of the ferry basin at MLLW.

The tidal range varies by location, with areas near inlets having a normal range of 3 to 4 feet with as little as 0.5 foot in areas well away from the inlets. Caution should be observed during times of strong long duration winds as they may cause variations in tidal levels of as much as 3’ below MLW and 3’ above MHW.

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Old 05-05-2015, 06:45   #18
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Re: Cape May Canal local knowledge.

Originally Posted by frankc1200 View Post
I draw 6.5 ft, any chance of making it though the Canal?
With a draft of 6.5' I am assuming you have a sailboat. If so, vertical clearance might also be an issue. 55' I believe is the max.

Just for curiosity's sake, why do you want to go through the Cape May canal? If you're just going from the ocean to the east bay or vice versa the canal is only a couple of miles shorter and all things considered probably saves very little time.

The water is always bluer on the other side of the ocean.
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