Float Plans

This page is for notes to and from Cruising Boats...

We also have an automated float plan system with email distribution for specific cruising boats including:

Encore SailNorthEast's flagship.

The automated system provides an opt in/opt out mailing list for friends and relatives as well as an individual published float plan page for your specific boat and is especially suited for updates by cell phone while cruising.

If you would like me to add your boat to the email float plan system please send an email request to dmurphy@sailnortheast.com and I'll set you up.

Use this form to add notes and comments about your voyages to this page.

Boat Name:
(Including your email address is now optional. Unfortunately your address may be found and added to commercial spam junk email lists so you may want to be cautious about including it).



From SeaStar on Friday, October 15, 2004 at 17:09:47

What an interesting and lovely time I had cruising the northeast over the past three weeks with Sailnortheast publisher, Dave Murphy. He, on his 38' sloop, and me on my 36' trawler. The contrasts were a perfect compliment to the companionship. Two different people singlehanding two different boats. Dave, familiar with the journey. Me, still learning the ports and familiarizing myself with a boat I purchased in August.
We made quite an adventure of it from Cape Cod to the upper Chesapeake Bay. I'm back on land for a few weeks while the boat gets some needed maintenance. While ashore I will write a little piece for Sailnortheast about the journey.
Big thanks to David for his patience and his humble expertise...more details to follow.
P.S. For those of you who receive his email floatplan I can attest that the crab cakes at Shaffer's Canal House are worth the pitstop - even if the current turns against you while you sip your bloody mary!
Widening grins,
Captain Carla "SeaStar"


From rainbow on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at 10:44:53

will you send me pictures planes of rainbow
thank you


From Troop 185 on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 12:19:32



From Akela on Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 07:57:59

Looking for recommendations for daysail hops (singlehanded) from Upper Chesapeake to Bristol, RI.




From Rainbow (C&C; 30) on Monday, November 11, 2002 at 09:44:36

Recommended anchorage: Wachepreague, VA

This is an excellent, flat calm anchorage and offers great protection from even the nastiest weather. There is a buoy channel, which is best entered with mid-tide as there is a shallow spot near buoy 3 which is only about 6' at low tide. The rest of the inlet ranges from 8 to over 50 (!) feet deep. Turn left (south) inside and anchor past the abandoned USCG base. Ebb and flow inside but not as strong as entry. Excellent flounder fishing inside but use extra weights to make sure your bait sits on the bottom and does not get swept along in the current...

Pat Harris


From Rainbow (30' C&C;) on Monday, November 11, 2002 at 09:37:46

Heading for Bahamas, from NYC.

Rainbow is now secured outside Beaufort, NC at Boch's Marine, off ICW Mile Mark 196. This is the end of first phase, which was designed to move the boat south of Hatteras before the cold weather sets in. Phase 2 is NC to Key West, which is scheduled for Dec. 1 through Dec. 20. Phase 3 is Key West to Long Island, Bahamas, with passage starting at Key Largo.

Have made the passage from Miami to Gun/Cat pass several times but have not departed from Key Largo. Any tips, such as good anchorage in Key Largo, appreciated, along with weather tips, etc.

Recommendations for passage south from NYC to Beaufort, NC area: Marina outside Belhaven, NC called Dowry Creek offers top quality showers, laundry and a very nice, separate building for transients with a vcr, direct tv, microwave, full size kitchenette w/sink, refrigerator, counter space, couches. Good break and rendezvous point with other cruisers. Room is heated.

In Ocean City, MD, there is "pirate spot" housing project dockage close to the Commercial Harbor. The docks are in and the housing under construction. No electric or water and probably not "kosher" to tie up but for a quick overnight and sunrise departure, it works.

Outside Hampton, VA, technically in Salt Pond, a very sheltered, very tiny, anchorage for a quick overnight and sunrise departure is workable... Follow day markers and at the 90-degree bend south, drop the hook. Draft of 6' can be very comfortable. Again, just works for a quickie.

Good cruising............


From Encore on Sunday, August 4, 2002 at 12:11:01

Encore is currently on her home mooring in Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA.


From Emeline on Saturday, July 13, 2002 at 09:26:49

Emeline is in Simpson Bay Lagoon for the next week. We will look for a weather window to head for Grenada or Venezuela beginning on the 17th.


From Encore on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 19:58:11

Ventura is waiting for good weather to sail from Patchogue to Manhattan.


From Encore on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 19:56:29

Rainbows End (Gordon and Ann) just left for Rhode Island.


From Encore on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 19:54:30

Encore is now at Liberty Landing Marina.


From Encore on Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 16:01:06

Encore is currently at Atlantic Highlands in Sandy Hook Bay near NYC...


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