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Boat Sinks off Barnegat Inlet

Coast Guard rescues 4 people from sinking sailboat in N.J. | NJ.com

I hate to see vessels lost like this. Luckily, no one was hurt

Don't know all the details. Whether or not they were simply too close to the shore heading south, or if they were trying to enter this inlet in some challenging conditions. Clearly, Barnegat is not the place to enter/or be near in the dark in a small craft advisory. It can be tricky on a good day.

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Getting my popcorn and a cooler.... let the "quarterbacking" begin....

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I for one won't be quarterbacking. I just thought since the migration south is still underway..it might be of interest to those transiting the NJ coast. It may take awhile to clear the obstruction.

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one of the reports said it's breaking up on the rocks.

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Always sad to see a boat on the bottom.
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Glad to see nobody got hurt. The real pain is seing a boat break up and go down. Never a good idea to be near the Jersey inlets with their jetties protruding into the ocean and a SCA in effect.
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I grew up on Barnegat Bay, and am VERY familiar with that area. There is a large section of rocks BELOW the waterline which extends from the end of the north jetty out to the "Monument." Most of the other inlets in the area have deep water everywhere between the 2 jetties (the whole inlet is the channel). As a result, people in Barnegat for the first time often don't realize there is a separate channel you need to follow. Many people wreck their boats on those rocks each year. I don't understand why they don't just build up the jetty in that area so people could see it.
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I too, will refrain from quarterbacking, but will comment that I am familiar with that inlet as well. It does seem that it could have some better engineering applied, or at least some better markings. In any case, it deserves MUCH respect and caution.

I have visited that USCG station, and seen them in action. Its comforting to know that those orange boats and birds are there when you need them! Glad nobody was hurt, except maybe financially.
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Is this the boat involved?

I note an Alden yawl by the same name was recently restored and launched in New York, with possible plans to sail south this fall. The owner maintained a blog of the restoration's progress. Perhaps not the same vessel, but I fear it is. After reading the blog of the restoration, it is heartbreaking to think of what the skipper went through as the boat foundered, if indeed this is the same boat.

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