Cape May

Trip Start May 05, 2010
Trip End Jun 11, 2010

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South Jersey Marina, Masquerade II

Flag of United States  , New Jersey
Monday, May 24, 2010

Today was one grey day! Grey skies, grey water, hardly any horizon. It reminded me of sailing at night when you can’t pick out sea versus sky.

We left Summit North Marina by 7:30 in 100% humidity. I had to wipe the windows on the fly bridge cover. We only passed two other boats on the C&D Canal - both sail going our way. By the time we got to the Delaware River thankfully we could see a little better. A small tug and barge had just gone by making their way out to sea. We passed a huge dredging operation and started southeasterly following the Reedy Island Range to past the Salem Nuclear Plant. The sun broke through for a couple of seconds there. I wondered about the significance of that!

We cut a few corners off the main shipping course where we could. There were extensive oyster grounds along the northeast side of the river so we avoided those. The river has some interesting light houses/horns. The first was to keep us off Ship John Shoal. Just south of there we met a huge red/orange container ship going up river. Thankfully in this part of the river it was pretty calm. I’d expected much worse.

Because it was such a dreary day I amused myself with some of the names nearby - Elbow of Cross Ledge, Miah Maull Shoal, Egg Island Flats, Bombay Hook Point, Cedarbush Hole, Broadkill Slough, Harbor of Refuge, and Brandywine Shoal.

At Miah Maull Shoal light and horn the course changed to 142 m for 15 miles and we began to roll. Initially we were rewarded with the largest pod of dolphins I have seen for a long time. They were really frolicking around the boat but of course I wasn’t able to get a picture of them. Then we were rewarded with lines of fish pots. Thankfully they were a good colour - yellow and black or white but it was challenging picking them out in the waves.

As we approached the entrance to the Cape May Canal one of the very large Cape May - Lewes ferries was exiting and since there was a dredge in the canal there was only room for the ferry! The canal is 3.5 miles in length and 100 - 150 feet wide and supposedly 6 feet deep. The latter was touch and go! And we experienced our first New Jersey hospitality as sport fishing boats sped by us with huge wakes.

I can only classify our approach to the South Jersey Marina as tense. The directions we were given to get into the marina led us across shallow depths according to the chart. So we criss-crossed back and forth trying to get clarification. Finally I spoke to someone on the phone but even then the directions were not specific enough. I think all marina employees should go out in the harbour and try it for the first time. Later the employee apologized for the confusion. The dockhands were also the most inept we’ve experienced all trip. I was not impressed and then the going rate here is US$2.95/foot. At least the fuel we picked up was relatively inexpensive.

We walked into Cape May - a pretty walk with all the Victorian architecture. Even the beach area was more tasteful than Tybee Island, Georgia. Richard found a candy shop that had salt-water taffy and since we hadn’t had any lunch he had to buy and sample some. I have never seen so many beautiful B&Bs. When we got back to the marina a pea-soup fog had descended. And to our great pleasure a Fleming 65, “Karen Louise”, registered in Georgian Bay, Canada, had joined us on the dock. Our other company is a huge Azimuth and a Hinckley. Every captain and crew went off for dinner but we’re bar-b-q-ing!

The final episode of “Dancing with the Stars” is on tonight. It’s a good job we have cable TV!

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Rick Weber on

So sorry you had a difficult time at my facility! We generally get quite good comments regarding the professionalism of both our office staff and our dock attendants. I'd like to hear more and some specifics so I can see where things broke down.

Rick Weber
South Jersey Marina

Karen on

Ummmmm......familiar with the New Jersey hospitality!!!!!!!!!!

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