Coastal NJ vs Chesapeake
While I haven''t sailed on Barnegat Bay since I was a kid, at least in the mid 1960''s when we sailed out of Harvey Cedars, there was very little in Barnegat Bay (other than the ICW) that was deep enough for a boat with 5 feet of draft. At least in the 1960''s Barnegat was mass of constantly shifting sand bars punctuated with debris washed in the Bay by a hurricane in the early 1960''s. The inlets could get pretty inhospitable as well. I don''t know it there has been any dredging. All of this may have changed since my childhood and frankly I only knew the small section between Surf City north toward Barnegat Inlet. Maybe someone has more recent info.