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Old 03-08-2020, 16:55   #1
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ICW snowbird

Heading south to ICW from Mass.
After the Hudson where can I pick it up?
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You're outside from NYC to Cape May, NJ. Then you're in protected waters up the Delaware, and down the C&D canal, and through the Chesapeake, and the waterway technically starts at Norfolk.

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You could go inside NJ if you have the right boat
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Wrong time of year to leave though
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Wrong time of year to leave though
It's August which strikes me as a good time to get plans together. It's a week or more from Boston to Sandy Hook if you're stopping at night and making any stops. Weather. Asking about where the ICW is certainly implies a new cruiser.

Two days to Cape Henlopen (which I like much better than Cape May). Long day to Chesapeake City and from there you could spend the rest of your life cruising your way down the Chesapeake Bay. Most people are faced with one of two schedule constraints at that point: staying warm and/or complying with insurance limits on hurricane boxes.

Nope - not too early at all.
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Re: ICW snowbird

Middle of September is the height of Hurricane season, itís just getting started good now, by Nov itís pretty much all over, although itís possible to get one at other times, just a whole lot less likely.
Leaving soon puts the trip right at peak probability of being hit.
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Middle of September is the height of Hurricane season, itís just getting started good now, by Nov itís pretty much all over, although itís possible to get one at other times, just a whole lot less likely.
Leaving soon puts the trip right at peak probability of being hit.
Consider geography. If a hurricane track runs the US East Coast the difference between Boston and the Chesapeake is minimal and may well favor the Chesapeake.

Consider Sandy, or even this week's Isaias. Damage from Sandy in NJ and up was worse than the Chesapeake. Isaias just phoned it in but the impact was pretty similar up the seaboard.

The 2020 season is well underway. Remember we're up to 'J' now. That's well past "just getting started." Yes the season peaks in September. So what? It isn't like we don't have notice of a week or more. There is no benefit to Boston over Norfolk. Might as well make progress.
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Heading south to ICW from Mass.
After the Hudson where can I pick it up?
AICW mile 0 is at Hospital Point in Portsmouth VA.
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I did this exact trip at exactly the same time of year back in 2016.

Itís very doable, but of course the storm considerations are not a joke. Assuming youíve already evaluated all that, and still decide itís the move you need to make, then so be it! (Heck, Iím still alive to tell the tale).

I did Newport to Cape May in one day on my power boat, but Iíd allocate at least 3 if going by sail. I agree with most of the above. Itís possible to run an inlet in NJ, but if you set your mind on Cape May, youíll come out okay.

The Delaware Bay can get plenty rough, but once you make the Chesapeake youíre kind of in the clear. You can then run the ICW down. It gets a lot easier as you get farther south as the tidal swings decrease with southing.

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What are the restrictions on the ICW for Covid 19?
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What are the restrictions on the ICW for Covid 19?
That's a moving target as interstate quarantine regulations change. You simply have to add that research to your planning and updating process. I much prefer official sources (state websites mostly) to anecdotal information or media reports.

You cannot count on marina websites to be up to date. You have to call. Some fuel dock hours have changed. You may be able to get fuel but not water or pump-outs. Multiple stops really limit progress.

Rental car availability is often limited and getting to a car can be a challenge. Courtesy cars are often not available. My recommendation is to provision based on what will fit as opposed to what you ordinarily buy. Snowbirds are going to learn to provision for passages. Again - more phone calls. The good news is that more groceries are delivering and many larger chains have good websites to place your order and choose a delivery window. More planning ahead.

I'm not aware of any current restrictions to being out on the water. That could happen again.

Law enforcement is certainly present and not all are following mask and distancing protocols. That can be awkward.
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