After the relatively long trip down Delaware Bay we decided to spend some time in Cape May, New Jersey, a place we new little about until our arrival. We’re glad we did, as there was much to see and do there – long beaches (and this was to be our last chance to walk the beach for some time), an iconic and interesting lighthouse, a lively beach strip, and a huge variety of restored (and some not-so-restored) houses from the Victorian era. It also turned out to be a great place to ride our bikes.
After Cape May came Atlantic City. the east coast’s Las Vegas. Quite a contrast! Although we originally had planned to anchor out and not visit the city, the day we arrived was a blustery one, so we decided to take a berth at the marina which was part of the Golden Nugget Casino (this was formerly one of Trump’s casinos – I guess it got fired).
So far this has been our most expensive place to stay – just over $100 for the night and well beyond our usual digs – however the unique views helped to make up for it. We made a bus trip into town the following day to go to the post office, which gave us a broader view of the place. To these casual Canadian observers, Atlantic City is a study in contrast itself – many new, glittery casinos set against a rather dowdy background, and an overall feeling that the city has yet to reclaim its past glory.
Some parts of the New Jersey ICW are very challenging to navigate, with a maximum recommended draft for transit of 4.5 feet and unpredictable shoaling in some spots. Although we had a couple of close encounters with the bottom along this stretch, slow cruising speeds and a high level of concentration kept us out of trouble.
The ICW ends at Manasquan Inlet, where it is necessary to travel ‘offshore’ for 30 miles or so before reaching the Hudson River. Needless to say it can be a difficult passage if the weather and tides are not co-operating, but we monitored both closely and chose a day that turned out to be just about perfect. In addition to providing safety and comfort, this allowed the crew to full enjoy one of the expected highlights of our trip, the approach and entrance to New York harbour. It did not disappoint.
More New York City to come…..