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Old 12-01-2007, 08:23 PM   #1
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Default Is the Delaware River by Philly brackish or salt water?

Sorry for what may be a really stupid question, but is the water in the Delaware River at Philadelphia considered brackish, or salt water? Does a boat being kept in the water, for the summer season, near Philadelphia, need bottom paint? How about near Trenton? Thanks.
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Water is brackish. You will need bottom paint unless you are in a chlorinated pool if you intend to wetslip
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Depending of the time of the year, brackish water has been reported as far north as the Betsy Ross Bridge. In any case if you plan to leave your boat in the water for more than a few days you will need to paint the bottom. Why on earth would you want to use your boat around the city anyway. I keep mine in North East, MD. Its about 40 miles south of Philadelphia and the water and people are much nicer.
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Default Re: Is the Delaware River by Philly brackish or salt water?

You need bottom paint no matter where you are in the Delaware River if you plan an extended stay in the drink. The actual salt water demarcation line is around Marcus Hook. So in Philadelphia is brackish. You need paint more for the slime, etc then anything in the Delaware River.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:25 PM   #5
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Depending of the time of the year, brackish water has been reported as far north as the Betsy Ross Bridge. In any case if you plan to leave your boat in the water for more than a few days you will need to paint the bottom. Why on earth would you want to use your boat around the city anyway. I keep mine in North East, MD. Its about 40 miles south of Philadelphia and the water and people are much nicer.
I've heard this from others... that the Northern tip of the Chesapeake is so much nicer than the Delaware. Right now I live 15 minutes from Lake Hopatcong in NJ where I keep a slip. I go out almost every day after work from May to November and it only takes a couple hours out of my day, TOTAL... I leave the house at 5pm, spend an hour and a half on the water, back home at 7pm... and although Lake Hopatcong is not a particularly pretty lake, I'm used to the convenience. If I had to drive 40 miles each way I'd use the boat much, much less.

If boating around Philly is convenient but really unattractive, and boating the upper Chesapeake is a haul but a nicer experience once I'm there, well, then I have to carefully weigh the choices.

I appreciate the input.
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Old 12-05-2007, 02:44 PM   #6
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Default Re: Is the Delaware River by Philly brackish or salt water?

If you head a bit more north of the philly area the river and scenery is much nicer. The Chesapeake is place for sure but I can understand the drive. I recently moved my boat from the ocean in DE/NJ to the Chesapeake because of the drive. For me it's been a trade off, no tuna or marlin in the Chesapeake but I never have seen so many bikinis offshore!

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Old 12-10-2007, 04:44 PM   #7
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Default Re: Is the Delaware River by Philly brackish or salt water?

The Delaware River by Philly is fresh water. For arguments sake we will call the Ben Franklin Bridge the center of Philly. The normal Saltwater line for this time of year is the Delaware Memorial Bridge, about 30 miles south of that. In the summer, and or periods of drought it does creep north.

Either way, you do need to bottom paint your boat if you are keeping it in the water.
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Hey Sea Nile,

Are you on the C & D Canal?
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