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"BTW what is the big deal with anchoring a few miles off shore for a few hours " Well, anyplace that is shallow enough for you to ANCHOR offshore, is also going to mean the shallows will cause intense wave action and you're probably going to get your brains bashed around.
The extensive areas off NJ or Hatteras where you might think you can anchor? Are known for eating ships and boats. You want to stay far offshore, totally clear of the shoals (even 100' depth is a shoal for ocean water) that are going to cause rough water.
Plus, if you have mechanical failures (rigging failure, engine failure, anchor failure) and you are being driven up on a lee shore...you are better off being far enough offshore so that you have time to make repairs or call for assistance, before incoming bad wx can put you on the beach.
I'd also suggest, MOST strongly, doing some shakedown cruising in nearshore or sheltered waters, taking a long day trip, an overnight, a 48-hour, during which you can load and stress everything on the boat to find out if there are problems which could really bite you on a longer trip, or further offshore.