Advice for coastal trip.. Newport to New Jersey
When are you going? If you search the web at various marine publication sites, you should be able to come up with a list of pubs which have waypoints for both GPS and Loran. The Loran waypoint pubs were very common back in the mid to late 80''s also a current Light''s List will have the lats&longs for all of the aids to navigation and if you plot a course along the offshore buoys you should be able to establish a reasonable chain of waypoints to your destination. Also the Mid- Atlantic and Northern Waterway Guides will have some valuable information in them. If you have a laptop several of the navigation software programs could be of use-ie The Captain, which I have found to be very user friendly and makes an enormous amount of data avaiable to you. Reed''s is also a source of useful information and has a lot of local knowledge in it. Staying 5-10 miles off the New Jersey Coast is a good bet and should keep you out of a lot of local fishing traffic. Commercial traffic ie freighters tend to sail farther off the coast. Other then the major inlets, you should not attempt to enter the others, especially in a following sea unless you have local knowledge. You can also call the coast guard or talk to local fishing boats as to the current status of the minor inlets ie. shoaling etc.
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