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Riverwhaler posted 08-28-2006 10:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for Riverwhaler   Send Email to Riverwhaler  
Tried to recreate the trip by David Barnard as posted here before on Intercoastal Waterway from Norfolk VA to NY City. There were just two of us, Glen and myself both photographers although I was busy with boat and nav.
Took only four days going from Norfolk up the Chesapeak through the Chesapeak and Delaware canal and down Delaware Bay into the Cape May Canal then up the Intercoastal Waterway in New Jersey to Manasquan inlet to the ocean. Then outside to the Ambrose ship channel into New York harbor to a marina in Hoboken NJ.
The next day I flew to Norfolk to drive the truck and trailer back to Hazzards ramp under the George Washington Bridge. Took boat out and drove back to Vermont. Whew..Boat trip was quite an educational trip. I learned tons about navagation and being with big ships. Had to keep sharp in NJ waterway with red left most of the way. Lots of great places to tie up and stay for night in various motels. Going into New York from the ocean in your own boat is quite a thrill. Talk about feeling small in only a 19 footer. Some pics here.

Sal A posted 08-29-2006 08:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Riverwhaler, you are my hero. Great cruise and great pictures.

The navigational rules you have found are indeed red, right, and return. However when you navigate the ICW, from Masaqauan down through Florida, red right return applies southbound. Northbound it is indeed as you describe, where the red buoys should be kept to your port.

an86carrera posted 08-29-2006 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
The ICW in West Florida changes changes back to red right returning north. Was a little confusing when I first moved from Ft. Lauderdale to here in Bradenton (south of Tampa).

Sounds like you had a great trip.


aubv posted 08-29-2006 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

Long trips by small boat are a lot of fun and can certainly challenge your planning skills, among other things.

If you haven't done it, you should consider the trip from Lake Champlain to NYC via the Champlain Canal and the Hudson River.

prxmid posted 09-06-2006 08:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for prxmid  Send Email to prxmid     
How about some stories. Where did you stay at night. How far did you plan to travel each day?

Your picture of running up the Chesapeake Bay is flat calm, a one in a hundred day.

Gas dock at Kent Narrows, did you come up Eastern Bay then through the narrows rather than straight up the bay?

Riverwhaler posted 09-06-2006 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Riverwhaler  Send Email to Riverwhaler     
Not many stories to tell it was so easy. I spent a whole day on computer with Garmin software and maps planning routes which I then loaded into Garmin 192C. It helped a lot to do it at desk rather while bumping along underway. I had made lots of alternatives on Chesapeake as I had no idea what it would be like there. I guess we had perfect weather. We did run up the east bay through the Narrows.There is a new Hilton Garden Inn with a marina attached, only one other boat there and they didn't charge me for dockage. The Chesapeake and Delaware canal is where we stopped for lunch the second day at Chesapeake city. A beautiful little town. The Delaware Bay was very calm as well with just a few ships and barges.On the ICW in New Jersey it gets rather interesting. This is where the planning on the Garmin Mapsource software was a big help as the waterway takes many turns and there are lots of side channels that dont go where you want. I set depth sounder to beep at 5 feet and it went off lots of times. The paper charts and software charts have a purple line that is the recommended route and with just a couple of shoal areas it was right on. You have to keep one eye on bouys and one peeled on the GPS map. I would be able to share the routes if anyone wants them.
The outside run starts at Manasquan NJ and we went right to the Sandy Hook ship channel into NY right under the Verrezano Bridge. Outside around Sandy Hook was a little bumpy and damp weather kept it cool. Stayed just outsite ship channel on green side to avoid confrontation but really had no problems in NY harbor either. Just keep a sharp lookout for fast ferries and their wake. Nantucket does a wonderful job handling wakes if you take it easy and approach at a slight angle, not quite head on. Never got splashed on or got any salt water over the rail. Honda 150 purred the whole way and I think I used less gas than if I had driven the trip by car using available roads.Hope that is enough story for you. I think sometime this late fall we might navigate boat to Florida via inland route where my friend has garage space to store it for winter runs about Florida ICW.

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