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Re: Delaware River or Barnegat Bay?
I crew on an EEYC boat on the Delaware and have my own boat on Barnegat. They're both nice places. The winds on the river are generally very light through July and August, and it can get really hot and stagnant. The current is also pretty swift when it's running.
I prefer sailing on Barnegat for the size and winds, but there are lots of weekends where it's blowing 20 and there a million powerboat wakes, and you could potentially get beat up in a 17' boat in those conditions. I have a 22, and it feels small out there sometimes.
I wouldn't personally get a slip anywhere for a 17' boat. It would never be worth the expense and additional bottom maintenance for me. I keep my boat at a marina on a trailer with the rig up, so I don't need to step the mast every time, and I think my boat is probably a little more elaborate than a 17 to launch and retrieve. I don't worry much about bottom paint and the rent for keeping her on land is tiny compared to a slip. It would be nice to get in a go I suppose, but that actual launching part is probably only an extra 10 minutes on each side for me at this point. The half hour of moving coolers, carrying grocery bags, waiting for people to pee, rigging the sail, etc. wouldn't be improved if I had a slip.
Whatever you decide, have fun.
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Last edited by chip; 07-27-2012 at 10:48 AM.