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There was a guy in my Marina that was taking a Mac 65 to england...interesting vessel..I got a chance to board it. it looked like a torpedo outside and felt like a submarine inside.

After reading this old thread and others, I wonder why there's always a so much doom and gloom advice given about the coast of NJ...and it's shoal coastal water? if you stay 3 miles offshore you can be in 60 ft of water for most of the coast, double that distance and you're in 100 ft. It's +/- 24 hours to do the whole coast. If you consider AC as the best bailout point between Sandy Hook and Cape May it's even shorter between stops. I've never found it overly difficult to pick a good 24 hour weather window to do this trip. Granted, the prevailing wind if you're headed often in your face, but with a decent weather west wind, or a passing low..with a northerly component you could sail.

I mean, compared to the Delmarva..( delaware and Virginia coastline) ....or North Carolina, and Hatteras......why is NJ any worse? Or is it our charming personalities people don't like..

The Long island coast..while a little closer to 100 ft of water...doesn't really have an inlet that I'd attempt to enter in anything but benign weather. So heading to block..and're committed on that coast too.

BTW...Unless I'm mistaken...the shortest distance to Bermuda from the U.S. is from Nantucket...

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Doesn't the sound (north) side of LI have an abundance of barrier islands and such? From the charts I would have thought it has plenty of anchorages on the way to Block Island. The south side though...
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Abundance....maybe of rockpiles but they're not barrier islands like Fire Isalnd on the Atlantic side. Weather just breaks over or around them. And good anchorages that don't have rocky bottoms, or aren't formal achorage areas requiring someone's permission, or actually have enough shelter to make them useful? Not so much. Sometimes those boulders on the bottom get in the way of keels, too.

But when someone refers to the Long Island shore, they usually mean the south shore, the Atlantic side, unless they've said "Sound". All the inlets on the Atlantic side can be outright dangerous because of tidal currents, adverse wind, and shifting shoals. Just like many of the Jersey shore inlets, even the local USCG station will sometimes tell you they can't come out because the inlet is too dangerous.

The problem with the Jersey shore is that for long stretches the bottom shoals fairly rapidly, coming in from the deeps to the shore, and that change in depth produces more wave action than many people expect. Combine the rough water with a lee shore, and a lot of folks get surprised. In contrast to the LI shore "just across the way" where the waves tend to be more of rolling ones, and the bottom shoals much more gently. Folks expect NJ to be much of the same, and get surprised.

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