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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.
Last edited by hellosailor; 10-27-2011 at 02:33 PM.