Rhode Island to Florida - Day 4
We departed from New York City at 0330 hours on December 9th with final destination as Cape May, NJ. We left having a favorable tide in the lower East River and New York Harbor... attaining more than 10 knots many times. The trip was to take approximately 15 hours arriving to Cape May around 2100 hours. Weather conditions were fantastic... west winds and calm seas.
Off the NJ shore we did experience a few fuel filter issues... the previous few days of rough seas stirred things up a bit and clogged both filters.. and we had to change the Racor filters on both engines. After that things went smoothly.
Approaching Cape May we made the decision to not stop and continue on offshore to Norfolk, VA. Looking at the weather reports our window of calm seas would escape us if we stopped and we would of had to continue the trip on an inland route going up the Delaware Bay, across the C&D Canal and down the Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk... 4-5 days compared to 1 day offshore to Norfolk.
It's now December 10th approximately 0900 hours as I am writing this...we are off the coast of Virginia at approximate position (N37°34.600', W075°29.545')... or about 67 nm from Norfolk, VA.