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I have really enjoyed following your travelogue.
Fantastic journey! Thanks so much!
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Thanks for the great pics Curt!

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Really enjoy reading your posts :D :D

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We left Solomons on May 11th and headed back out into Chesapeake bay to continue North. Our stop for the evening was at another free restaurant dock in the Annapolis area where we had a meal and went to bed early because the next day would be a long one. The next day found us on the C&D canal at Chesapeake City, MD. This canal at the top of Chesapeake bay provides a waterway between the Chesapeake and Delaware bays. Chesapeake city has a free city dock that holds about three boats but we were too late to get a spot. The dock is in a harbor where another 6-8 boats could anchor so we anchored out for the evening. The next morning, we tied up to the free dock after the boats left so we could explore the town.
Docked at Chesapeake city
Docked at Chesapeake city
Downtown Chesapeake city
Downtown Chesapeake city
After two nights, we leave early in the morning heading East on the C&D canal over to Delaware bay and turn South to our planned stop for the evening in Cape May, NJ.
Ship John Shoal lighthouse on Delaware bay
Ship John Shoal lighthouse on Delaware bay

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Really enjoy the trip.Keep those pics acomin' folks. :D
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We arrived in Cape May, NJ after a relatively smooth ride down Delaware Bay. In order to get to Cape May from Delaware Bay, there is short canal you take to avoid going out into the Atlantic Ocean. This canal is also the start of the NJ ICW. We stayed three nights at Cape May, two at anchor and one in a run down marina. The marina personnel were real friendly and even gave us a bottle of wine. The downtown area was about a mile South of the marina so I went for a walk to check it out.
Cape May city park
Cape May city park
The downtown shopping area was closed to vehicle traffic.
Downtown Cape May
Downtown Cape May
Lots of people shopping and taking carriage rides. The beach was nearby also.
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After three nights in the Cape May, NJ area, we start heading North on the NJ ICW instead of going off shore in the Atlantic Ocean up the NJ coast. The NJ ICW is shallow, with the worst places between Cape May and Atlantic City. We saw several places where we had less than 4 feet of water under the keel but that was no problem for us. Most boats traveling the Great Loop do not take the inside ICW route because of the shallow water.

As we were leaving Cape May, we passed a large fleet of scrimp boats.
Scrimp boats
Scrimp boats
We went through several areas along the NJ ICW that had more modest homes.
Along the NJ ICW
Along the NJ ICW
Several bridges had to open for us to pass through and some had only one span that the bridge operators could open.
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Our destination after a white knuckle day on the NJ ICW was Atlantic City.
Shallow water along the channel
Shallow water along the channel
We had our most terrifying experience on the whole Great Loop just outside of Atlantic City at a railroad bridge. I called the bridge operator on the radio for an opening, since the bridge had only a five foot clearance, about a 1/4 mile before we got to the bridge. The bridge operator said to hurry up and get to the bridge since it was already open. The bridge was a swing type on an angle to the waterway so it was hard to see if it was open until you were within about 50 foot of the bridge. The bridge was NOT open wide enough for us to get through so I had to hit full throttle in reverse at the last minute to avoid taking the top off the boat. I did get the boat stopped in time but Noreen didn't think we were going to get stopped. She had hit the floor on the boat thinking at any second, the top of the boat was going to get ripped off.

We made it to the large marina at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City that evening.
Atlantic City
Atlantic City
Marina at the Golden Nugget casino
Marina at the Golden Nugget casino

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More pictures from Atlantic City, NJ.
Golden Nugget hotel
Golden Nugget hotel
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We only stayed one night in Atlantic City, because the marina was expensive and the casino slot machines didn't pay out very well.

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We moved on up the NJ ICW, for two more days, stopping at a free dock one night and anchoring out near a light house the other night.
Barnegat inlet light house
Barnegat inlet light house
We had a goose family visit us while we were at the free dock at a county park near Tom's River, NJ.
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We left the Tom's River dock at first light, since we had about 10 miles left to travel on the NJ ICW and then had to go out into the Atlantic Ocean, off shore for an additional 40 miles, before we were got to the New York City harbor. I wanted to get to New York City by early afternoon as this was when winds were predicted to be the lightest.

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Great pics Curt!

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Thanks for the update Curt. Where did you exit Barnegat Bay? Did you go through Barnegat inlet or could you make it to the Manasquan River and Manasquan Inlet. How long are you staying in NYC?
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We got held up waiting for a railroad bridge to open at Manasquan inlet along with a dozen other boats, but finally we got out into the Atlantic Ocean at 7 am and ran about a mile off shore heading to New York City. The ride was smooth with only some widely spaced rollers. About 10 AM, I could start to see the skyscrapers of NYC off in the distance. It took us two more hours to get to the Verrazano narrow bridge and the New York harbor.
Verrazano narrow bridge
Verrazano narrow bridge
Verrazano narrow bridge
Verrazano narrow bridge
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Fort Tompkins

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There was a lot of ships and ferries as we headed to the Statue of Liberty. It was hard to see the statue from a distance, with all the buildings in the background.
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Staten island ferry
Staten island ferry
As we got closer to the Statue of Liberty, we are greeted to New York City by a fire boat, welcoming us to town.
Fire boat welcoming us
Fire boat welcoming us
We felt real special, having traveled on Curt's Dream by the Gateway Arch and the Statue of Liberty.

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The highlight of the day, the Statue of Liberty.
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