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    Took a trip- Toms River, NJ, to Chincoteague Island, VA, and Norfolk Naval Base.

    I am trying to find a PWC-friendly hotel or bed-and-breakfast on the bay somewhere between Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Maryland.

    Last year I took my 2008 Yamaha Waverunner VX Deluxe on a day trip from Toms River to Ocean City, NJ, and back by following the Intracoastal buoys. On the return trip I did one leg in the open water off the Atlantic City coast. All in all it was an excellent trip. It took 8 hours, which included a lunch break and three gas stops. My only problem was a sore right hand from holding the throttle for so long. (Now I regret not spending the extra bucks for a Waverunner with cruise control. Does anyone know if the cruise control can be retrofitted to a VX Deluxe?)

    This summer I am planning a more adventurous trip - Toms River (NJ) to Chincoteague, VA. I have already plotted most of it on my Garmin 60CSX and the round-trip is approximately 350 miles.

    I plan to leave Toms River at 8 AM and have lunch at one of the canal-side restaurants in Lewes, DE. Then travel down the Lewes Canal to Rehoboth Bay and through the recently dredged Assawoman Canal to Little Assawoman Bay. At this point it should be close to 4 PM and I'll need to pull in someplace for the evening.

    I am trying to find a PWC-friendly hotel or bed-and-breakfast somewhere between Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Maryland. I need a place where I can dock the Waverunner and rest for a day, before heading down to Chincoteague, VA.

    After touring Chincoteague I'll head back to the hotel/B&B for another days rest before returning home.

    Is there anyone familiar with the area who can recommend a suitable PWC-friendly hotel/marina/B&B?? I have searched the web but have not found anything yet. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    -Joe

    Update- I have added Norfolk Naval Base to my itinerary. I intend to leave for Chincoteaque Island on Monday, June 27, and then on to Norfolk two days later.
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    I want to thank the members who PM'd me with places to stay. Your guidance is very much appreciated.

    I believe I have located a suitable PWC-friendly hotel on the ICW on Chincoteque Island called the Island Motor Inn Resort. The rooms in the three-story hotel all face a 600' pier/boardwalk on the property's edge where I can tie up the Waverunner. Chicoteague Island is ~35 miles south of Ocean City. That is still close enough for a quick ride to Seacrets but far enough away from the screaming hoards that it is quaint by comparison.

    I have tentatively scheduled the trip for the last week in June. I intend to take the ICW the whole way with the exception of AC, which I will run outside. I did the AC ICW last year and would be bored to death if I had to do it again so early on a long trip.

    I figure if I leave Toms River at sun-up (~5:30) I can be in VA by 2:00. The next day I'll tool around the islands, or if conditions permit, head on down to North Carolina. NC is approximately 105 miles as the crow flies but more like 150 miles via the ICW. That may be too much for these old bones, but I am going to plan for it anyway. I like the idea of saying I took the Waverunner all the way to Carolina! I figure the third day will be strictly R&R before I head back on the fourth day.

    My only fear is waking up on the last day to a howling Nor-easter and finding out the hotel has booked my room. That would be a real spoiler, but I'll just deal with it if it happens.

    Since this is only my second excursion over 100 miles and my first major (overnight) trip I appreciate any advice and/or tips you guys care to share.

    By the way, my PWC is a 2008 Yamaha VX Deluxe with only 93 hours on the clock. Each spring it gets new plugs, air filter, Amsoil, K&N oil filter, and several coats of Colonite. She may not be the fastest or driest out there, but she'll do 52 MPH, is as reliable as they come, and drinks fuel like a miser. I recently picked up a Garmin 60CSx to keep me headed in the right direction.

    Thanks in advance.

    -njjoe

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    There might be some places on Assateague Island. There is a camp ground called frontier town I think that has docks and stuff for the people that are staying there. One thing that sucks about the Assawoman Canal is that it is slow no wake through there and it seems like it takes forever. But I went through there on our pontoon boat and jet ski's last summer and it was 75% completed and we had no problem getting through. There was just one bad spot around rt. 26 in bethany that was maybe 8 inches but that shouldnt be a problem now. I remember when I was younger you could go as fast as you wanted through there. Good Luck on your trip sounds really fun!!

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    boosted-

    Thanx for the advice! Yeah, I realize the Assawoman Canal is a looong no-wake zone, but since this is my first trip south and just the first day of a three or four-day trip I don't mind a slow section through the scenic canal. I figure it will be a good time to relax, take a few photos and maybe pull over for lunch.

    I read somewhere online that the dredging of the canal was only completed a few months ago. I am curious to see what it is like. Since it will be mid-week I have no clue how much traffic will be on the waterway. I just don't want to be stuck behind a smoking 20-year-old two-stroke (no offense to smoking 20-year-old two-stroke owners ).

    -njjoe

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    Sounds like and awesome trip and sounds like you have really planned it out which it a good start. My advice would be to top off in Cape May before you cross the mouth of the Delaware no matter how much fuel you have, or think you have. It is only 18.7 miles from Cape May inlet to the inlet in Lewis but depending on the tides(going out) and Wind(NE) it can get a little rough. Treat it like you crossing an open body of water because it is and you should and you will be fine. Just know that it could be beautiful that day blowin 10-15 kt and still be 2-4ft and steep and close together across the bay.


    Hopefully this does't scare you I just want you to be prepared for the worst or at least a very long ass kicking.I'm assuming you are doing this with a group? If not I'm more then welcome to ride with you half way across so you're not doing it completely alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almost View Post
    Hopefully this doest scare you I just want you to be prepared for the worst or at least a very long ass kicking.I'm assuming you are doing this with a group? If not I'm more then welcome to ride with you half way across so you're not doing it completely alone.
    Almost-

    My experience with crossing the Delaware Bay is limited to riding on the 2,100-ton ferries, and even in those monsters you can sometimes feel the pounding of the waves. I figure if it gets too snotty I'll just follow one of them.

    Believe it or not, but I am planning on doing this trip solo. I like the idea of being able to come and go as I please and not having to stick to a schedule. However, I would like to take you up on your offer for the escort. It would be much appreciated. You obviously know the bay 100% better than me. I'll reach out to you via PM as the date gets closer.

    Thanks again.

    -njjoe

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    Just so you know PWC's are not allowed in the Cape May Canal, So you have to leave through the Cape May Inlet and ride down the beach a couple of miles before you make the cross.

    Yeah I'm more then willing to help you if I'm around, just let me know when you're shooting for, hopefully May as I'm at school(West Chester University). My dad was a commercial fishermen for 32 years and now works on the Ferry and I've spent 1,000's of hours on the water down here so If you have any questions just ask. I am a 21 year old smoking 2-stroke owner but I do know my way around the cape so hopefully I can be of assistance.

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    Thanks, Almost. I am shooting for the last week in June. Right now I am tentatively scheduled to leave on June 27 and returning on the 30th.

    I was a bit disappointed to learn the Cape May Canal prohibited PWCs, since I prefer to stay inside for as much of this trip as possible. I am looking for scenery, not speed. I have the very same issue with the Point Pleasant Canal to the north of me; the USCG doesn't allow PWCs in that one either. I wish I knew their rationale for the ban. It just does not make sense to me.

    By the way, nothing against 20-year-old smoking two-stokes. I have a Kawasaki 750 SS that we cobbled together from a 1992 ski that had a good engine in a cracked hull and a 1993 ski with a waterlogged engine in a good hull. Now we have an 20-year-old smoking two-stroke that is almost as much fun as the Waverunner.

    Looking forward to summer....

    -njjoe

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    There shouldn't be to much traffic through the canal during the week. Maybe some kayak s. There is a bait store on the north end of the canal that has fuel and snacks.

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    Wow, that sounds like an awesome trip. If you get stuck anywhere, especially from the barnaget bay down to wildwood(mostly where I ride) give me a call, just PM me for my number. I'm sure you already know this, just be sure you have some radio gear with ya for that trip. Every time I am solo I always at least have a portable Ham radio on me, which is also good for the marine freqs. if it's modded. Either way, good luck. If my Ski is back running I will wave at ya when your going through great bay...

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