Mainship Many Moons is “parked” inside a boat lift on the Cohansey River and sitting in mud about three miles inland from the cantankerous Delaware Bay. A boat lift is for putting boats into the water and taking them out again … not for letting boats “hang out” inside. I asked for permission anyway, and got it. Lucky thing, because the small marina is unable to take our boat.
We planned to anchor in this river when we took refuge here from the increasing winds on Delaware Bay. We read reviews and knew that many boats have done so, but the combined six-foot tide and strong currents made anchoring an unnerving prospect. (We first tried tying up to an abandoned waterfront wall, but that didn’t go well!) So we’re grateful for the unconventional security of the boat lift as strong winds approach, even if we are sitting in mud at low tide.
Yep, we’re back into tides and currents again. I have the right apps and am back into “research mode,” but each region is different. It keeps us on our toes.
We cruised 50ish miles yesterday, which was enough after the 95-mile cruise the day before. We had a very long sleep after securing the boat. (Constant decision-making and negotiating is tiring, as any leader knows!) Will we head south into the widest part of this unpredictable bay tomorrow? Our next destination is Cape May on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s just 30 miles away, but it could be a grueling 30 miles in the wrong weather.
Photos and captions from C&D Canal and Delaware River/Bay below.
P.S.: Check off State #15 (Delaware) and #16 (New Jersey) on our Great Loop adventure.