Greetings all. I would like to sail from Nantucket
Island to ultimately St John in the Caribbean
. In order to do that I'll need to work my way down the coast, pick up the Inner Coastal (I think I'm liking the looks of the dismal swamp) and work my way into Florida
My boat is a 1988 Pacific Seacraft
A lot of people seem to go up Long Island Sound
, through Hells Gate and out by the Statue of Liberty. Although I'm sure seeing the city and the statue from the water
would be awesome, I've heard some pretty scary stories about Hell's Gate.
Apparently the current
can be fierce and with an 18 hp Yanmar Diesel
I'd have to go with the current
which would surely mean holding up somewhere while I wait for it to go my way.
When I couple that with large boat traffic, I'm thinking that I might like to skip that route
To that end I'm thinking that I'd set sail from Nantucket
straight for Southern New Jersey
and Delaware Bay. My guess is that it would be about a 2 day trip give or take.
Most of my trip I'll be single
handing but if I do this outside run my daughter (very capable sailor) has offered to crew for me. My concern is ship traffic and having another person on watch at night will give me much more peace of mind then the proximity detector on my radar!
My daughter, Sarah, would leave me somewhere around Delaware Bay and fly home.
So, my question is, am I right? Is Hell's Gate a pain? Do you agree that a sail on the "outside" would / might be a good alternative?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts....