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Old 03-04-2017, 10:43 AM   #1
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New Bern, NC to Crisfield, MD

Taking our maiden voyage on our 36' 1983 Sea Ray aft cabin with twin Perkins diesels 200 HP, this April 2017
Would like an idea of how much time we should take off and references to charts and apps.
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I'd say a week for travel (3.5 days each way) charts for the ICW and Chesapeake Bay. 11541, 11553, 12206, 12221, 12225, 12228, maybe 12231. There are other large scale charts but I don't think you need them. A chart catalog is good to get.
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I have done that trip (at least from Oriental, NC and passing by Crisfield) almost a dozen times. How fast are you planning to cruise? Here is an itinerary if you cruise at 7 kts:

New Bern to Belhavn area- Lots of marinas. Dowry Creek is most popular. Or anchor at beginning of Alligator Pungo Canal.

Belhavn to Coinjock or Elizabeth City to do the Dismal Swamp. I like the Dismal Swamp route and the free docks at Belhavn are welcoming.

Elizabeth City or Coinjock to Portsmouth. Time your passage through the DS locks (check Active Captain for schedule) as well as the Gilmerton Bridge openings. There is an anchorage off of Hospital Point as well as free side ties at one of two pocket harbors in Portsmouth. Lots of marinas as well.

Portsmouth to Crisfield. A rather long leg at 75 NM, but doable at 7 kts. Other stops will take you quite a bit off track.

There are lots of other nice stops and side trips along the way: Oriental, Bath/Washington, Edenton, Deltaville, Reedville.

So you can do it in four days if the weather holds, but a week would let you make some of these additional stops.

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Great information
Our home port is Seaford Delaware at the head of the Nanticoke.
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What speed do you plan to cruise at? Are you anchoring out or looking for a marina each night? I travel back and forth from Fort Myers to Crisfield each year. From New Bern to Norfolk would be 3 days for me at 7 knots. From Norfolk to Crisfield is one very long day depending on Chesapeake Tidal currents. Will be coming through there in early - mid April.

Dismal Swamp Route is still closed and as of late February has no projected reopening date.

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We have taken 4-9 days ,usually stopping at , Reedville or Deltaville for extended stays...... Your avatar photo looks like it was shot from the deck a skipjack? What's the name? Volunteered on Martha Lewis dredging for oysters in Chesapeake Bay .Quite the experience under sail.
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We have taken 4-9 days ,usually stopping at , Reedville or Deltaville for extended stays...... Your avatar photo looks like it was shot from the deck a skipjack? What's the name? Volunteered on Martha Lewis dredging for oysters in Chesapeake Bay .Quite the experience under sail.


She is the Kathryn I sailed on her as part of an all female crew during the races in Deal Island,MD
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What speed do you plan to cruise at? Are you anchoring out or looking for a marina each night? I travel back and forth from Fort Myers to Crisfield each year. From New Bern to Norfolk would be 3 days for me at 7 knots. From Norfolk to Crisfield is one very long day depending on Chesapeake Tidal currents. Will be coming through there in early - mid April.



Dismal Swamp Route is still closed and as of late February has no projected reopening date.



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This is our first power boat, been sailing the Chesapeake for 7 years.
Where would you suggest our overnight be from Norfolk, since Crisfield is such a long haul?
We plan on bringing her home (Seaford,DE)
In early April as well.
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This is our first power boat, been sailing the Chesapeake for 7 years.
Where would you suggest our overnight be from Norfolk, since Crisfield is such a long haul?
We plan on bringing her home (Seaford,DE)
In early April as well.


We are going to anchor as much as possible
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Your avatar photo looks like it was shot from the deck a skipjack? What's the name? Volunteered on Martha Lewis dredging for oysters in Chesapeake Bay .
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She is the Kathryn I sailed on her as part of an all female crew during the races in Deal Island,MD
Thought she looked familiar.

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David and Stoney Whitelock are good people. My boat was in the big metal building (Sean Messick's shop) at Scott's Cove Marina, while they were rebuilding the Kathryn.

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This is our first power boat, been sailing the Chesapeake for 7 years.
Where would you suggest our overnight be from Norfolk, since Crisfield is such a long haul?
We plan on bringing her home (Seaford,DE)
In early April as well.
Find Fort Monroe (Old Point Comfort) just inside the Hampton Roads entrance. There is an anchorage (Phoebus / Old Point Comfort) between the Old Point Comfort Marina and the Rt. 64 causeway. It's fairly protected from everything but a SW wind. Leave there at first light; round the Thimble Shoal Light; then take a straight shot to the Tangier Sound Gas Buoy (Light). From Thimble Shoal Light to the Tangier Sound light is about 48 miles, to the Janes Island light (Crisfield) is about 60 miles. Really think you can make Crisfield from Norfolk in one day. If weather isn't bad, the hook at Cod Harbor (bottom of Tangier) would be a good anchorage. Onancock is another possibility.

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Yes Stoney and David are great people! Katarina was our Captain, she and Stoney married last year.
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Yes Stoney and David are great people! Katarina was our Captain, she and Stoney married last year.
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Took a ride with Stoney up the Scott's Cove ditch on the Helen Virginia, not for the faint of heart.

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Ran aground there once, a guy in a skiff pulled us off
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New Bern,NC to Crisfield,MD

New Bern to Belhaven would be a long pull to do in one day at 7k.

If you want to anchor out, New Bern to South River or tucked up in lower Broad Creek next to River Dunes are both easy options. Heck, even inside the Oriental jettie, while a short day, is a nice place... or the Town Docks... check the webcam. Staging from there is an easier reach to the entry to Alligator-Pungo canal or behind the Belhaven breakwater.

From there, you can make it to Coinjock and on up to Norfolk. But you might want to duck into Manteo if you have the time. Free dock are empty these days and Full Moon Brewery (now Lost Colony Brewery) reopened yesterday in downtown. It is worth the side trip just for the crab dip pretzel!
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If you anchor in Oriental either under the bridge or near Oriental Harbor there are two dinghy docks, bars, food store and boat parts readily available. In Belhaven the Dowry Creek area is OK but it is a long way to anything but Dowry Creek. I would stay closer to downtown unless you just want stars.
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If you anchor in Oriental either under the bridge or near Oriental Harbor there are two dinghy docks, bars, food store and boat parts readily available. In Belhaven the Dowry Creek area is OK but it is a long way to anything but Dowry Creek. I would stay closer to downtown unless you just want stars.
Yes, Greens Creek which is under / past the bridge is my favorite place to anchor in Oriental. Quiet, protected, and usually empty, but only a 10 to 15 minute dinghy ride to the city dinghy dock.

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Another option in Oriental are the two long free transient docks on the harbor and you can walk instead of dinghy.
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Where would you suggest our overnight be from Norfolk, since Crisfield is such a long haul?
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I live just off the ICW in Norfolk area, you can stay for free in Great Bridge, just past the large bridge at the Seawall on the south side. Excellent place to moor, no power. Lots of restaurants and stores in walking distance.

Only downside, is when you start out the next day, you have to do the great bridge locks, and several bridges between you and Chesapeake bay.
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Portsmouth has 2 free docks but in between there and Chrisfield...there aren't many places.


You can tie up in Cape Charles...not much in the way of anchoring there.


There are a few necks up from there that you could sneak in and anchor, just depends on your draft and what you want.
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