We're closing on a 58' Viking in CT this week and want to bring it down to the Annapolis area over Columbus day weekend. Our nominal plan is to stay outside, at least from sandy hook to cape may. but we don't have much flexibility to wait on a weather window. Family will be on board so we won't proceed in anything dangerous for this class of boat, but i suspect anything above tightly spaced 3-4's could be uncomfortable for a ~5-6 hour passage. If we're getting beat up too much outside, is the New Jersey ICW an option we should even consider for this class of boat? Everything that I've read in forums suggest even 3.5' draft boats have touched bottom. In terms of experience, i've transited the ICW between Norfolk and FL in its entirety 3 times (albeit in smaller 4' draft sportfish), but have never been through the Jersey ICW at all. I doubt we'll have flexibility to wait for optimal tides. It looks like low tide in cape may is around 5pm the day we'd be coming in, so we'd likely be transiting the ICW from high tide on the way to low, getting pretty close to low by the time we get to cape may.