The only time you HAVE to be on the Atlantic is along the coast of NJ ...from Sandy Hook to Manasquan and then depending on your draft
Maybe Barnegat Inlet to Atlantic City....Atlantic City to Cape May....best to get a couple of Cruising Guides
that offer alot of good information...
goes something like this: Basically, the Intracoastal Waterway
Bay to Cape Cod Canal
to Buzzards Bay to Block Island Sound to Long Island Sound
, to East River to NY harbor...around Sandy Hook, N.J. to Manasquan Inlet to Point Pleasant Canal
to Barnaget Bay...Depending on your draft
...you may want to exit the Bay at the Barnaget Inlet and then back in at Atlantic City..AC to Cape May...( dependant on Mast
Height) Cape May Canal to Delaware Bay to Chesapeake Canal...into the Chesapeake Bay
Not overly difficult...Catching favorable currents are essential in places like the Cape Cod Canal, The Race
of LI..the East River...The point pleasant Canal.....desirable in and out of the inlets along the jersey coast...and the Canals...
Prevailing winds in the summer months are SW for most of this ..Spring might be best...for wind
This is not a difficult trip, but it does pose some challenges...and requires some research
....it holds an infinite number of options for layovers.....take a look on google earth
and the overall journey and then consult some of the cruising guides
....tides and currents are very important...