And it looks like a 4nm run from the point where the channel exits Barnegat Bay to the inlet itself, so unless the USCG put up a couple of picket boats THAT far in to turn back traffic, they'd really have a cluster(ahem) of boats trying to get down the channel and turn back, if they closed the inlet to allow salvage or survey. Looks like a real nasty run in even the best of wx- Hellosailor
The route to Barnegat Bay is a narrow winding one, but looks much more imposing on the map that in reality. It is a little over 2+ miles.
A lot of the boats transiting the area also come from behind the island. The boat hit outside in the ocean and hot the submerged rocks of the the north jetty and slid off them when the tide came in and san outside the jetty.
Barnegat like all NJ inlets is not a picnic. It being one of the most trecherous but staill passable. We have been in and out it many times, but if there is a lrge NE or E componenet of wind over 25 we jusrt pass it by.