Re: South Jersey anyone?
+1 on the upper Delaware. We used to sail our Catalina 22 out of Winters marina in Riverside.
For a bigger lake check out Lake Nockamixon in PA, probably a little over an hour from you.
I think you'll find conditions at the Jersey shore a little much for your 17 footer on all but the calmest mornings, not to mention lots of boat wakes.
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