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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

The major storm damage seems to be north of Cape May to NYC, the LI shore, and up to Haverstraw which took a hit from flood tides. If the anchorage is clear at Atlantic Highlands and you could make it all the way from there to Cape May well offshore, it might be the way to go.

There IS a nor'easter brewing 4 days out. Are you past Castleton Boat Club yet? That might be a good place to stay put for a few days.

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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

Sandy Hook to Atlantic City is not that bad (weather permitting). Pick your weather window, leave at dawn and plan to motor if you can't make 6+ kn under sail. I would not trust any of the other inlets at this time unless it was an emergency.
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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

I'd want to have some local knowledge about Atlantic City as well. The boardwalk and I believe some houses washed away and there was severe flooding. A good percentage of the sand dunes all along the Jersey coastline are washed away...they have relocated somewhere

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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

Yikes....thanks for the advice all...@ smurphny - I'm in Buffalo, just entering the Canal tomorrow...so at least this storm will be a non event for me....
I figure that by the time I arrive at the south end of the Hudson, a lot more will be known and I'll be able to plan better - but at this point, my preference would be to run Sandy Hook to Cape May in one shot and be done with it. Or NYC to Cape May....Problem with Sandy Hook is that if the winds are out of the north, it's not an anchorage I want to be in. And this time of year, the winds WILL be out of the north...


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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

fyi, I've just asked a good friend at Boat US corporate to inquire of his towers about the situation on the NJ coast - access, marinas, etc. I'll report back as soon as I've gotten his reply, but it'll be authoritative, since it's from the towers themselves, and they are on scene.


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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

We have done the stretch from Cape May to Sandy hook many times and I have lived in Ocean City , NJ for 18 years ( the island just south of Atlantic City)

If the Atlantic Highland area is cleared, you can anchor behind the seawall which will protect you from and wave action from the North wind components.

The only inlets I have used pre sandy which were safe were Manesquan, barnegat ( not for the novice, Abseacon (atlantic City) and Cape May. Barnegat I would take off the table because you have never traversed it and it is dangerous with shoaling extending out 1/2 mile and also I am sure iit has been rearranged by the storm. Atalntic City will probably be all right by the time you get down if you need it. It is about 85 miles from DSandy Hook to Atlantic City (Absecon) and another 35 to Cape May.

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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

You might get some helpful information from Tom & Mel Neale's East Coast Alerts: tomneale@boatus.com via response.boatus.net el Neales East Coast Alerts:

I suscribe to this through Boat US, but it is a free service.

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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

@ chef2sail - thanks for the tip about Highland. As for the inlets, I've done the Jersey coast numerous times, including Barnegat - but in the current circumstances, it's likely best to give it a pass this time round.
I'm wondering if it might not make sense to anchor to the west, going under the bridge, in Atlantic City - no building around there, small likelihood of debris I would hope. Tough question.
As you noted, by the time I get there, more information should be available, but what you guys are putting out is very helpful.


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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

If you wind up near NYC as this next storm comes through, the best option is to stay far upriver. Esopus Creek is a good spot, completely protected. As I mentioned before, CB Club is also a great spot. Farther down, right behind the park on the east side of Haverstraw Bay is a good spot. There is also a protected anchorage right behind the Statue of Liberty. Follow the channel and then hug the bulkhead to get in. Atlantic Highlands is a traditional spot from which to depart but check for any damage or sunken boats. I think they took a hit from Sandy. The fuel is cheap in NJ as well. You might want to jerry-jug it from the fuel dock if the wind is blowing from the north. Their fuel nozzles are also VERY large for sailboat fills. I usually mast-up at CB Club, anchor behind Esopus Island by the Poughkeepsie YC, Anchor in Haverstraw Bay, make Sandy hook on day 3. It is crucial to time your trip downriver with the current:Tidal Current Predictions

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Re: Where to get information about inlets after Sandy?

You can check for recent posts on activecaptain.com.
I don't know if there have been updates given the limited amount of time and limited traffic this time of year. Be safe!
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