Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Advice for gaining experience in Northern NJ
Hi all. I just took my US Basic Keeboat course in NY Harbor and wanted to get some advice on the best way to get experience before eventually getting my own boat in a year or so.
I live in Northern NJ, so NY Harbor is the closest location for me, although Raritan Bay/Sandy Hook are about 1 hour away. Eventually, I will be looking to sail/cruise with my young son (2.5 years old) onboard and inexperienced family and friends. From what I heard from my instructor said the Raritan Bay area is better sailing then NY Harbor by NY Harbor is closer to me by about 30 minutes.
The school I took the course at has a sailing club, which I was thinking of joining for remainder of this season and definitely next year to get some experience through racing, etc.
I was wondering what people though about yacht clubs generally or ones in the area as opposed to a sailing club or in addition to one. From a Google search it seems that Liberty Yacht Club, Newport Yacht Club, Raritan Yacht Club and Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club are all within 1 hour of me.
Any thoughts or suggestions anyone may have would be much appreciated.