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citymouse
06-03-2012, 04:54 PM
Hello, I'm looking for the route a Bayliner 315 http://www.bayliner.com/page.aspx/pageid/132731/pmid/276225/315-Cruiser.aspx#multimedia
would take from the Delaware River (Philadelphia area) to Long Island.
Would I have to go south through the Del bay and into the Atlantic?
Are there any navagable rivers that I can take to avoid the Atlantic? If I have to go into open water, how close to shore can I safely stay?
Also, any idea about fuel consumption? She holds 120g.
This is for a novel I'm writing.
Thanks for any advice you can give me.
C

Duncan J Macdonald
06-04-2012, 06:11 PM
Hello, I'm looking for the route a Bayliner 315 http://www.bayliner.com/page.aspx/pageid/132731/pmid/276225/315-Cruiser.aspx#multimedia
would take from the Delaware River (Philadelphia area) to Long Island.
Would I have to go south through the Del bay and into the Atlantic?
Are there any navagable rivers that I can take to avoid the Atlantic? If I have to go into open water, how close to shore can I safely stay?
Also, any idea about fuel consumption? She holds 120g.
This is for a novel I'm writing.
Thanks for any advice you can give me.
C

According to the chart I could get my hands on (NOAA Nautical Chart 12314 -- Delaware River Philadelphia to Trenton) the river is navigable to Trenton, but not beyond.

Your Bayliner 315 has a maximum draft of 3'4", and a hull draft of 2'1", so if you had a very good depth sounder, or a crew member/compatriot who is handy at taking soundings, you might be able to proceed further. (The difference between hull and max draft are all those little inessentials like propellors and such.)

I'm afraid you'd have to travel down to Norfolk and go open ocean. You can stay close to shore, but again, that will be dependent on the depth of water. The NOAA website (http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/AtlanticCoastViewerTable.shtml)has all the charts available.

citymouse
06-05-2012, 10:26 PM
Thank you Duncan. You've made this much easier for me.
C

NinaK
06-07-2012, 05:24 PM
If you are heading to Long Island, NY another route would be to travel south down the Delaware River to the Delaware Bay, towards the tip of New Jersey. Heading east you would round Cape May, at which point you would be in the ocean, then youd head north, hugging the coast. Youd travel north to Sandy Hook and then head east towards Long Island, NY. Since the craft you mentioned is relatively small, depth along this route should not be a factor.

If you are going to employ charts for you research check to see if the charts are measuring depth in fathoms or feet. There are approximately 6 feet in a fathom.

To calculate fuel consumption you'd have to consider several variables, distance, speed, winds, tides and time of year traveling to name a few. Plus the craft you listed has several twin engine options. There are parts of this trip where youd have to use a cruising speed, once in open water and if conditions are good, you could pull full throttle.

Im not sure of your Long Island destination but lets say you are headed for Montauk, (eastern most tip). The charts calculate that trip at approximately 300 nautical miles, this converts to 345 statute miles. There is a good site that gives test results on boats, including fuel consumption. They list usage at cruising speed, full speed and give an approximate distance on a full tank. Boat Test (http://www.boattest.com/)Unfortunately they have not tested that boat yet, however they list comparable crafts and some of those they have tested.

My best guess is that youll have to refuel. This is easy to do, youd have to navigate through one of the inlets and pull up at a marina.

Hope that helps.

citymouse
06-14-2012, 06:23 PM
Thanks Nina. I've incorporated your notes along with Duncan's. This will be more than enough for my water voyage.
C