Re: Near-shore tide what to expect. "Need some Guidance"
Simple rule for tides when offshore: the tides go 'up' and 6 hours later (on the East Coast w/ diurnal tides) the tides go 'down'. When offshore you dont get the FLOW (current) of tides as you do in shallow estuaries / onshore .... and their 'hydraulic anomalies' due to land 'differences'. Once youre in more than 50-100 ft. deep water and well offshore, tides are 'inconsequential'.
The only place you need to be concerned with tides and their resultant generated CURRENTS is in Rivers, Bays, Inlets, etc. as in the 'ocean' the tide only go 'up' and they go 'down'.