Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Jersey
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Re: NJ Coast
Rob, in 17 days you can stop and smell alot of roses from Annapolis to Mystic.
Have a great trip and congrats on your new boat. A copy of Eldridge will be your best friend on this trip.
With regard to the Jersey coast and 8 hour legs. You can decide when you're out there, how well you feel, and base your stops on the wind and weather. If you want to break it up into day hops. Cape May to AC, AC to Barnegat, Barnegat to Manasquan and Manasquan to NY would be the logical stops.
If you have good wind and weather, you might just want to keep going, it can be a pleasant trip. Running in an out of the inlets can be much more stressfull than simply sailing for 18 or 24 hours.
Of these, Barnegat is the trickiest imho, once inside the inlet, you want to know exactly where you're going, there are shifting shoals.
Manasquan is more straightforward, but as has been mentioned, it's best to time your arrival at slack current if possible. Currents run strong especially near the bridges.
You could always enter Barnegat and take the inside route north and exit manasquan. This clearly adds time and distance to the trip. The trickiest part would be transiting Point pleasnt canal. There are many ways to do the Jersey Coast.
Keep us posted when June comes on your progress.