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Selecting a marina in NJ area

I couldn't figure out which sub-forum this might be better suited for, so I'm posting it here.

I'm looking for a marina to possibly put a 31' hunter I'm looking at. Idealy I'd like something with the option of being in water year-round, the April-October season seems a little short for me. I guess extended season would be ok if not year round. I'm looking for something clean and safe. Doesn't necessarily have to have every feature in the book, I don't need things like tv, though it would be nice. I'm looking for something on the less expensive side. I have a friend who lives on Long Beach Island, NJ, and a friend who has a shore house in Wildwood, so those areas would be my first pick. I found one marina that offers slips at $80/ft for the season. I'd like a marina that has the ability to pull the boat out, winterize, do service on, etc.

Basically I'd like something inexpensive, doesn't have to have all the glamor, or be in a hot spot, has the ability to fix problems, and offers winter storage.

Suggestions and experiences, as well as rates of marinas in the area would be appreciated. Thanks!
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There are several Nice Marinas on Forked River New Jersey that you might want to check in to.
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The Jersey Shore bay marinas can ice over and have wind blown ice chunks if the winter is nasty. Strong currents tend to prevent ice formation but increase the probabilty of getting wacked by chunk ice. Most marinas will haul out end of October early November, and will have limited services available November through early March.

There are two ice free marinas with some chunk ice protection a short drive from you at King of Prussia; Anchorage at Essington PA (less than 1 hr) and Delaware City DE (less than 2hr). Also in Philadelphia; Piers Marina, Phila Marina Center, Dave and Busters.
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Holiday Harbor and Silvercloud are in Waretown...kinda near LBI.
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Wildwood and many other south Jersey BEACH towns have limited bay sailing. You would have to go out to the ocean to avoid just going back and forth. Crossing the Jersey inlets can be a challenge. Anything on Barnegat Bay, however gives you some more options. Forked River is on BB - LBI is just south and should be easily accessible.
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I'm looking hard at Sheltered Cove Marina, in Tuckerton, NJ. I'm familiar with the area, and have a few friends there. It's close to LBI just across the harbor. They are a full featured marina, and if a reservation is made by nov8 and paid in full for the 2011 season, 30% off slip fee's and winterization and storage. So basically marina fee's would total $2200 for the 2011 season as well as winter storage. Also my friend's place on LBI is bay side, and I can sail across and get a transient slip, or pick him up, or take his 40' egg harbor out and drop my sailboat in the slip behind his house.

This is just a theory, so if there's something I'm not accounting for, please let me know.
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Sounds like a deal. Just off-hand - a couple of questions I would think about - Do they normally deal with sailboats? (I do see a few pictured on their web site) There is plenty of water around Tuckerton / Little Egg, but have you checked the charts and compared with your draft? You might be more limited than you think...

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The numbers on charts represent fathoms right?

Chart 12316

According to the chart, if i swing in and head strait north on the bay side of long beach island until I clear that mess of islands, then head west to tuckerton, I should be fine with a max draft of 5'11", correct?
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Depths in feet at mean lower low water I'm afraid.
You can probably get away with that route though some sections are a bit skinny.
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Oh... that makes a huge difference then...
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