Cape May, NJ

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From Ted and Jody Vaughn on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 21:36:01

Hello,
We are planning a trip to Cape May in September and will be looking for a slip for the night. Our 31 ft. sloop draws 5'6". We have a cruising guide and am going to make some phone calls to the marinas listed, but we are wondering if anyone can give us some local knowledge or personal experiences on Cape May. Thanks.

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From Francine on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 08:31:13

Utches Marina, on one hand a great place to hole up. But last fall and now its Spring of 06, Its raining, raw, and cold. Wind was howling when we came in and it will probably do the same when we leave. The owners keep a CRAZY German Shepard upstairs from the shipstore, so be careful ,especially with any pets that may be with you. The people in the office are very nice and so is the dockmaster.

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From Francine on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 08:30:36

Utches Marina, on one hand a great place to hole up. But last fall and now its Spring of 06, Its raining, raw, and cold. Wind was howling when we came in and it will probably do the same when we leave. The owners keep a CRAZY German Shepard upstairs from the shipstore, so be careful ,especially with any pets that may be with you. The people in the office are very nice and so is the dockmaster.

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From SNE Editor on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 15:05:48

Depending on your draft you will find convenient anchorage off the Coast
Guard Station, immediately to port as you enter the harbor from the
Atlantic side or farther south on the eastern side of the harbor near
the notation "Cape May Harbor" on the chart if your draft will permit.

I am not able to advise on the cost of dockage because for the last few
years I have only anchored in Cape May Harbor but in the past I have
used Utches Marina, which is to the southeast of the canal entrance, and
the Canyon Club, which is to the northwest of the canal entrance. The
Canyon Club used to be relatively shallow. I once spent the night at
their fuel dock because, after fueling, we found we were aground on a
falling tide. Our boat, Encore, draws 5'8".

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From Mike Vonderheide on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 09:47:12

Hi we have 2 boats needing to dock on July 18th and 19th they are 26' and 29' we would like to visit Cape May and if there is affordable overnight docking or a suggestion as to where we could anchor in a cove or smooth water?

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