Originally Posted by Garffin
Looking at the charts from Sandy hook to Manasquan looks like I can just stay right off shore. Nothing in the way for 40 miles. I was thinking I would have to stay about 1 mile off but now I know that I can be abit closer.
You would be better off 5-10 miles off shore. I know it's comforting to see land, but it would also be your enemy if something went wrong. I'd hate to read a newspaper report with a pic of your boat washed up ashore.
It sounds like your boat is a tough little thing, and a little sea room would give you and the boat some time and space if the engine died or the weather turned bad. 5-10 miles off the Jersey shore your vhf should be able to call for help if you need it too. You do have a decent vhf, right?
You wouldn't go wrong if you charted a course from sea bouy to sea bouy. They are there for a reason and spotting them would give you some comfort that you weren't off course.
I'd wait for a ebb tide to push you out around sandy hook. I'd also wait for a weather window when there was no mention of 20 knot gusts, especially this time of year. But that's just me. I'm a bit of a p*ssy.
I'd also go in at Manasquan and pay for a marina. I don't think you can anchor there. From there you can hop down to Barnegat outside. I've never done the inside, but heard the bridges and canal can be a pain. With your draft you can also go into shark harbor. You should check the currents Tidal Current Tables
at all these inlets and try to enter them around slack tide. Either a strong following or opposing current can make entering a jersey inlet an adventure.
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