FASTFJR - 12/3/2007 2:24 PM
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.