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  1. Time for a Shakedown!

    Thursday was our day, time to go for shakedown cruise, where are we going? Hadn’t quite figured that out yet... We left the dock by noon on Thursday and headed out into the Chesapeake bay to test out some sails before retiring for night in Galesville, just South of White Marsh Creek (where Holiday Hill Marina is) over on the West River. We toured the bay looking for a good anchorage and ran across another C&C 27 at anchor near a pier-side bar, Thursday’s, with plenty of empty ...
  2. Philadelphia then out the Delaware to the Salem River

    Wednesday, April 25th, dawned quiet and cold as woke early to motor out the C&D Canal to the Delaware River. Most leave the canal and turn to starboard for the 50nm trek out the Delaware Bay to Cape May, we took the course less traveled and turned to port, heading up river towards Philadelphia to see Jennifer’s home town from the water and spend some time with nieces and nephews in Philly. We planned ...

    Updated 05-06-2012 at 06:39 AM by Ballard Sailor

    East Coast Cruise for 2012
  3. The New Jersey ICW - Atlantic City to Island Beach State Park

    The New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) begins for us this morning, and fortunately coincides with the opening day of striper season, and it’s Saturday, so the entire southern New Jersey recreational fishing fleet will be out. At least it won’t be boring! So the NJ ICW is known as a shallow, shifting and shoaling stretch of inland waterway that needs dredging and can be crowded and uncomfortable. The ...
  4. Barnegat Bay, Toms River & Lavallette

    After our long walk at Island Beach State Park we found our way back to where Libra was anchored. With the winds already at 15 knots and the forecast for it to rise overnight, we decided it was prudent to pull our anchor and sail to the Northwest into Toms River for a more protected anchorage for the night. And thank goodness we did because soon the winds were pushing us along at 8 knots and the bay chop ...
  5. Lavallette to Manasquan Inlet & the Manasquan River Yacht Club

    In order to get out of Barnegat Bay at the North end you have to transit what is known as the Point Pleasant Canal which joins the town of Bay Head to the Manasquan Inlet. The guide books write this canal up as very turbulent and the only safe time to transit the 2 mile stretch is at slack high water. The turbulence comes from the fact that Barnegat bay has its’ 0.5’ tidal range and Manasquan inlet has ...
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