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08-07-2013 03:16 PM
mad_machine
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

what is really sad.. that is one of the better inlets in NJ. We are blessed with many that completely impassable
08-07-2013 12:28 PM
TJC45
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

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Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
Not just powerboats have been caught out by the North Jetty at Barnegat, a beautifully restored Alden Challenger on her maiden voyage was sunk there 2 years ago...

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/genera...gat-inlet.html

Ouch!!!! That's sad. looks like foggy conditions in the pic. It is a dangerous inlet regardless! Even more amazing is the fact that commercial fishing boats have been lost in this inlet. The Pro's so to speak.

Before it was rebuilt it was even worse. The south jetty ( on the left side of the pic) ran out at about a 45 degree angle to the shore line. The prevailing wind is southwest so the sea just roared in when the wind was up. Huge breakers in the inlet were not an uncommon site. While it was, on many days. a fun place to play with the Hobies, it was anything but fun for other boaters. it doesn't help that the entrance channel from the ocean side hugs the north jetty.

Though the Whaler in my story was outward bound and cut across the jetty, it is more common for southbound boats entering from the ocean to not see or not know there is a jetty under that water. add in some poor vis or running the inlet at night.

Another problem with this inlet is the likelihood of high following seas. Things can get steep with the wrong combo of wind, tidal current. This inlet has mean reputation for a reason.

OTOH it is a knock out Striper fishing location!!!! That's Rock fish to you Maryland boys!
08-06-2013 11:13 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

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Originally Posted by TJC45 View Post
Seeing boats hung up on a jetty was a more less common site years ago at Barnaget Inlet. The North jetty disappeared for a few hundred feet at high tide only to reappear for another few hundred feet near it's ocean end. I never heard of any injuries from hitting the jetty but it wrecked a lot of boats. Being a Boston Whaler fan ( is there a 12 step program?) I was saddened to see a brand spanking new 28 foot BW hauled up on the rocks one day. First time in new boat for a new skipper. There was a hard lesson!!! Being a BW, once it was hauled off the jetty it was able to make it's own way back to the dealership 10 miles south. More amazing in that both outboard motors were also severly damaged. Those Boston Whalers, they do take a licking!!!

Not just powerboats have been caught out by the North Jetty at Barnegat, a beautifully restored Alden Challenger on her maiden voyage was sunk there 2 years ago...

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/genera...gat-inlet.html

08-06-2013 10:57 PM
TJC45
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

Seeing boats hung up on a jetty was a more less common site years ago at Barnaget Inlet. The North jetty disappeared for a few hundred feet at high tide only to reappear for another few hundred feet near it's ocean end. I never heard of any injuries from hitting the jetty but it wrecked a lot of boats. Being a Boston Whaler fan ( is there a 12 step program?) I was saddened to see a brand spanking new 28 foot BW hauled up on the rocks one day. First time in new boat for a new skipper. There was a hard lesson!!! Being a BW, once it was hauled off the jetty it was able to make it's own way back to the dealership 10 miles south. More amazing in that both outboard motors were also severly damaged. Those Boston Whalers, they do take a licking!!!
08-06-2013 10:43 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

FWIW, I entered the canal last night at about 2200, after riding the flood up from Cape May... That jetty was completely awash/underwater, something I usually don't see...

The RR lift bridge at Summit was also lowered, I think that's the first time I've seen a train cross that thing in decades...

While headed up the bay earlier, I passed a Bristol Channel Cutter headed downbound... The thing was equipped with a freakin' Leisure-Furl boom...

A Leisure-Furl on a 28' BCC??? I think it is safe to say, I have now seen EVERYTHING there is to be seen under the sun... :-)
08-06-2013 10:25 PM
mad_machine
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

same boat.. it just looks different because the blue bottom comes up under the swimplatform
08-06-2013 07:19 PM
TakeFive
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

Looks like these were taken at the eastern entrance to the C&D canal. Both were posted to different Facebook accounts today. Note that it's two different boats - on the same day?:



08-06-2013 01:15 PM
kellysails
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
Since he was Canadian, he would have said "sorry" even if it was your fault so that doesn't prove anything.

I'm not convinced - a Canadian would never do anything so rude - I think it MUST have been you - or that OTHER American boat.
He did admit he was in the wrong. He had a heck of a run up Colvos Passage just prior to our incident. He was stuck in the middle of a club race and he spent a couple of hours avoiding very aggressive racers. He said he was a bit on edge from the experience when he happened by our boat.

He told me he was retired from the RCN after 30+ years, as an engineer. He joked that "he spent very little time in the bridge", my retort was "yup". We had a good laugh about it. I will certainly give wider berth to those light green RCN warships from now on

Really nice guy and a standup type fellow. I appreciate that.

Sea Squirrel still has an entry in my log book though.
08-06-2013 12:02 PM
TJC45
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

I was invited to join a group of racers for their friendly thursday night series. "Nothing serious, just some friendly buoy racing. Or so i was told. So, i take up the offer but am held up big time in traffic. i arrive at the dock too late to jump on a boat as crew and decide to watch from the club house. As the racing finishes up i hang by the crane to help lift the J24s out of the water. I back away as the first boats arrive with members of both crews in a shouting match of eff this and eff that. I stand back as another skipper sails in and joins the eff you chorus. By the time it was done there were more than a dozen pissed off people effing this and that while throwing the rule book at each other. Not what i signed up for! I got in my car and left. A day later the guy who had extended the offer called. We talked. He admitted that a few of the skippers and others take things a little more seriously than others. Yeah, I got that. Pass!!!! It's a beer can race, who needs that?
08-05-2013 11:58 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Powerboaters Are Funny

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Originally Posted by arvicola-amphibius View Post
That's what sets sailors apart - generally. He made a mistake, he admitted it and apologised.
A POWER boat skipper more likely would never admit to a mistake and would probably add insult to injury by flipping you the bird. If he was even aware of your existence......
Usually you only see aggression from yachties when they are racing. The best thing then is to keep clear because some really do take it seriously if you stray across their course. A shout from you of "STARBOARD" could even be met with "P*** OFF WE ARE RACING" and in extreme cases a collision. I recently raced with just such a skipper and even though he was on port tack and I warned him of the other boat he deliberately side-swiped it despite it having right of way. The other boat was also racing but in a different division for smaller boats. Not nice. I probably won't crew for him again because he just takes it all too seriously. For him, every race is the America's Cup.
That's not taking it too seriously, that's just being an a$$hole. He should buy a coke smuggler - he'd feel much more at home in that world.
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