Cruisers Forum

  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 19-09-2016, 17:29   #31
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: New City, New York
Boat: Oday 25
Posts: 165
Re: Sailing from Cape Cod to New Jersey

Took a 27' Bucaneer though Hell Gate many times with a 9.9 outboard. Did it with an Ericson 35 and 24 HP Not a problem if you are running with the current. (You only have to have enough power for steerage. The current will carry you through with plenty of speed.) 18 HP is more than enough.
ebsail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-09-2016, 18:28   #32
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: New York, New York
Boat: Dufour Safari 27'
Posts: 1,914
Re: Sailing from Cape Cod to New Jersey

Originally Posted by YellowcakeMan View Post
We did almost a straight line from Block Island to Atlantic City in June, crossing the three shipping lanes at 90 degree angles in the dark. We didn't experience any shipping at all, and the trip was a non-event. Wind was on the bow, so we had to use the engine for the entire transit.
YellowCakeMan is correct that you should not worry too much about the shipping lanes. I should point out, and I am sure he would agree, that you still need to be careful. There can be a fair amount of shipping along with many fishing vessels depending upon the day and time of the week. For example, a lot of the cruise ships leave on Thursday evening. as well as Sundays. Actually, I think some also leave on Saturday but they rarely leave on Mondays. The container ships run on different schedules as do the bulk carriers. Some days you'll see almost nothing and then other days you'll see, to borrow a phrase from an Army buddy, a whole passel of them. The 4th of July weekend tends to see a lot of fishing activity in the Hudson Canyons area.

The shipping lanes and fishing boats are not really a problem if you are awake since they're rarely that close to each other, other than at a few choke points. It could be dangerous if you were to take a nap however. If you are used to staying awake that long then you'll have no issues. If however you are single handing the vessel, and you tend to nod off after the better part of a day, then you may want to think twice. Not all of the fishing boats have AIS so you can't rely on AIS alarms. You also can't rely on their lookouts.

The end result is that either route can be good and each has its advantages and disadvantages. If you're coming through on 4 July, check for the fireworks display. Every other year they are, in theory, alternating between the East River (just south of hell gate) and the Hudson. Last year it was on the East River so in theory, and it is a good theory, you will be all right in 2017. On the other hand, the theory was, and it too was a good theory, that I would be a gentleman of leisure by this time.
ArmyDaveNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-09-2016, 19:18   #33
Registered User

Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 3
Re: Sailing from Cape Cod to New Jersey

I've done it once and was just as concerned as you are. But, I timed it right and had no problem at all. It would be a shame to miss the great trip down the East river!
Do pay attention to bridge heights!
armbruster100 is offline   Reply With Quote

cape cod, new jersey, sail, sailing

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Jersey ICW Big Egg to Cape May? lsearite Seamanship & Boat Handling 1 23-08-2016 05:21
Crew Available: Crew Helper Available, Looking to sail from New England, Cape Cod Area and South OrganicTruth Crew Archives 13 12-01-2014 00:59
looking to cruise with new boat from Miami to Cape cod nickd Powered Boats 3 20-02-2013 14:09
New Jersey to Cape Cod Jaspell Other 1 13-07-2012 23:37
Crew Available: Cape Cod & New England wet paint Crew Archives 4 10-11-2010 08:16

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:15.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.