Fortunately our ancestors were accurate when they named key coastal landmarks. Hell Gate, The Race and Plum Gut all connote the tidal influence that exists in their respective areas. If you plan to transit these spots you need to know the current. Side-setting flows can move your boat well off its steered course, especially during full- and new-moon spring tides. Current diagrams generally show spring-tide velocities, but they also include a table to compensate for lesser drifts closer to times of neap tides. Now, lets take a look at some more specific local info, going from south to north, in case you decide to gunkhole your way north, or in case you need to tuck into any of these landfalls on your offshore passage north. For the first-time offshore cruiser, I recommend either Route 1 or 2, which Ill explain in detail here. The more aggressive choice, Route 3, is not described in the text, but we include detailed advice on on this route directly on the charts, by Michael Carr.