Help! Suggestions needed to plan our trip, please.

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  1. J&J Express

    J&J Express New Member

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    Oct 1, 2017
    New Jersey
    50 Sea Ray
    QSM11 660 hp
    We are looking to take a trip from the Atlantic City area down the Chesapeake. Just wondering about how long the trip is from AC to Chesapeake City, and should this be our first stop? We are traveling in a 50 ft. Sea Ray. We’ve only gone south to Ocean City Maryland so this is new territory for us. We were thinking about making stops in Chesapeake City, Annapolis, St. Michaels, the Baltimore Harbour. Any recommendations on where to go, stay, see would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Lewes Delaware is across the Bay from Cape May and is a very nice town, good food and shoppng all close to the water. Slips are scarce so call the harbor master to reserve one being that you are on the large side.
    If you don' stop in Lewes, don't stop until Chesapeake city, not enough water in the small creeks along the DE. BAY for a boat your size.
     
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  3. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    I'll take a stab at your first question. Looks like about 118 statutory miles. 6-7 hours? depending upon how fast you're able to go, which is usually a function of the sea conditions. Delaware Bay can be real bad, I've heard, if the wind and the tide are opposing each other. I did it once on a friend's boat and it was beautiful.

    I'll let the Chesapeake guys give you guidance on where to stay!
     
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  4. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    In Delaware we say, 'wind against tide means a rough ride' 'winds from the north (over about 10 kts) don't go forth.' In a 50 foot boat you have more of a wave tolerance than smaller craft but watch the winds just the same.
     
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  5. J&J Express

    J&J Express New Member

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    Oct 1, 2017
    New Jersey
    50 Sea Ray
    QSM11 660 hp
    Thanks for the info. I’ll look Into Lewes Delaware. We were actually thinking about our first stop being Chesapeake City.
     
  6. J&J Express

    J&J Express New Member

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    Oct 1, 2017
    New Jersey
    50 Sea Ray
    QSM11 660 hp
    Thanks for responding. We’ve been estimating about 6 hours from LBI to Chesapeake City but are trying to get confirmation. Don’t know if we want to make that run in one day or two. We’ve never traveled the Delaware Bay we usually stay in the ocean so we are looking for guidance.
     
  7. J&J Express

    J&J Express New Member

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    Oct 1, 2017
    New Jersey
    50 Sea Ray
    QSM11 660 hp
    We’ve never ventured this way. We usually stay in the ocean so we’ve been looking for advice.
     
  8. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    386
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    Not sure when you are planning to go but there are 5 (or 6) boats coming from NYC area starting July 28th-ish headed to Chesapeake for 2 weeks, hitting every port you have listed, your more than welcome to join us for some or all. Link to details below.

    http://clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/csr-northeast-flotilla-2018-heading-to-chesapeake-bay.87178/

    I haven't fully detailed my travel to/from plans but it looks to be about 5-6 hours from AC to Chesapeake City assuming you have good weather.
     
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  9. J&J Express

    J&J Express New Member

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    Oct 1, 2017
    New Jersey
    50 Sea Ray
    QSM11 660 hp
    Thank you for the invite. That would have been fun. We love meeting new boating friends. Unfortunately we are traveling the middle of August. Have a safe trip.
     
  10. scooper321

    scooper321 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    565
    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    "Lollygagger" 2003 Sundancer 320, Simrad NSS2 Evo9
    Twin 5.7L Horizon Mercruiser (350 MAG MPI) V-drives
    Cape May is another mid point. Lots of good marinas and slips. Then you can take the “cut” out to the west into DE Bay. The comments about wind and current are valid. At a min you will burn excess fuel if going up the Bay with the tide falling. So time that run accordingly, regardless if you stop or not.

    You can make the run from Ches City to Baltimore or Annapolis in one day easy. I’d see both. Fuel up outside the Key Bridge, however. Prices are nuts inside the bridge. Annapolis is a must visit. If you have a dinghy, it would be more affordable to grab a mooring ball in Annapolis. If not, the harbor taxi will still come fetch you and take you ashore. St Michaels is worth the visit too. Neat town. Make sure you take the long way - down The Bay and around Bloody Pt. The trip up the East Bay is beautiful, esp in early evening.
     
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  11. BlueYonder

    BlueYonder Member

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    Jan 12, 2015
    Chesapeake Bay
    37
    QSC 8.3 600
    Baltimore Harbor East Marina. Nice location. Try the Loch Bar for drinks and oysters. Also makes a great Lobster Roll.

    If you want crabs, go to Rock Hall or the Kent Narrows. Harris Crab House at the Kent Narrows or Watermans in Rock Hall

    St Michaels is nice, but it has been discovered by the “pretty people”. Be prepared for crowds and high prices. Good restaurants in St Michaels. Try Lemoncello. Don’t waste your time at the Crab Claw.

    Oxford is a nice overnight. Low key with some nice restaurants. Best ice cream on the eastern shore at the Highland Creamery.

    The Cambridge Municipal Marina is a short walk from downtown Cambridge. Great pizza and wings at Stoked. Don’t miss the RAR brewery.

    Annapolis is always fun, stay at Mears on Back Creek or the Annapolis Yacht Basin. Both are an easy walk to downtown. Lots of great bars and restaurants. I like the Boatyard and Davis’ Pub.
     
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  12. Sea Gull

    Sea Gull Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    CT
    2015 L650 Fly #509
    CAT C-18, 1,150 HP
    Personally, I would do Atlantic City to Baltimore in one shot. At my pokey 23 knot cruise it’s about a +/-7 hour trip depending a bit on current. I would consider Chesapeake City a good stop only if you need to stop, it’s geographically convenient, but not a destination in and of itself. Baltimore is a destination, as are the other ports you mention. Push a bit on day one and enjoy your time on the Chesapeake.

    Try to catch the current, which can be 1.5 knots on the Delaware, 2 knots in the C&D canal, and 1+ in the bay. And as previously noted, you may have to slow down when wind and current are in opposition on the Delaware.

    Enjoy!
     
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  13. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags, Bravo III Drives
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  14. scooper321

    scooper321 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    565
    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    "Lollygagger" 2003 Sundancer 320, Simrad NSS2 Evo9
    Twin 5.7L Horizon Mercruiser (350 MAG MPI) V-drives
    Damn, you can average 23 knots? Ah.... nice to have a big boat! LOL
     
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  15. J&J Express

    J&J Express New Member

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    Oct 1, 2017
    New Jersey
    50 Sea Ray
    QSM11 660 hp
    Thank you so much for the info.
     
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  16. J&J Express

    J&J Express New Member

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    Oct 1, 2017
    New Jersey
    50 Sea Ray
    QSM11 660 hp
    Thank you so much for the info.
     
  17. J&J Express

    J&J Express New Member

    12
    Oct 1, 2017
    New Jersey
    50 Sea Ray
    QSM11 660 hp
    Thank you so much for the info.
     
  18. J&J Express

    J&J Express New Member

    12
    Oct 1, 2017
    New Jersey
    50 Sea Ray
    QSM11 660 hp

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