Cape May, NJ to Atlantic City, NJ – May 18, 2014

Day 79
Miles Today: 44 SM; Total Miles: 1,540 SM
Locks Today: 0 ; Total Locks: 7

Cruising New Jersey presents it’s own challenges – inside or out??? Some cruisers choose to “go outside” in the Atlantic Ocean to make 2 hops: Cape May to Atlantic City (44 miles) then Atlantic City to Manasquan, N.J.(65 miles). The challenge is to find a weather window where you don’t “rearrange the furniture” (that’s a Captain Steve saying).

The alternative is the New Jersey ICW, which has always been perilous but even more so since Hurricane Sandy caused severe shoaling and obstructions (houses, trees, etc — no seriously a lot dredging and cleanup has been done since Sandy). Even still, there are some areas virtually impassable except at almost high tide.

After the New Jersey coast, all Loopers have to go “outside” in the Atlantic from Manasquan, NJ to New York, a trip about 47 miles. By this end of the week, we hope to be anchored in view of the Statue of Liberty. Then we will have completed the east coast section of the Loop, with the next section, the Hudson River, the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, then Lake Ontario.

We always opt for inside passages when possible unless the weather is favorable. So this morning, Summer Recess and Meandering decided to head out in the Atlantic. We had decided to go inside but after checking the weather made the last minute decision to make the run outside.

So at 8:00 a.m., we untied the lines at Utsches Marina and headed out into the Atlantic. The current and winds made it real choppy getting out the channel and on a course to Atlantic City. Why Atlantic City, you might ask? Distance and a navigable channel. There are channels that are too shallow for boats like Island Time or larger so the channel at Atlantic City was our choice.

It was a nice day with NW winds 5-10 knots and seas 2-3 feet. We had gentle rollers on the beam. At 2 p.m. we tied up at the State Marina in Atlantic City. Tomorrow we will probably stay inside the NJ ICW because the forecast doesn’t look as favorable as it did today.

Atlantic City, NJ skyline

Atlantic City, NJ skyline

View from Island Time

View from Island Time

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