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06-05-2013 06:38 PM
chef2sail
Re: South Jersey anyone?

Absecon is one of the three easiest safest inlets in NJ ( Cape May and Manasquan being the other two)

Little Egg Inlet should not even be in the discussion to use with a keelboat and even with a middle to large powerboat is a dangerous treacherous inlet with the channel shifting every week. The CG moves the floating balls which mark the channel around on a weekly basis. What makes these inlets safe is the lack of extended shoals outward from the jetties any appreciable distance into the ocean.

Dave
06-05-2013 06:37 PM
Ei Leen
Quote:
Originally Posted by mad_machine:1040130
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ei Leen View Post
Yep. I've come close to praying a few times out there in our power boat and I am not religious.

(I assume we're talking about Absecon Inlet? )
Little Egg. Absecon Inlet (atlantic city) is one of the best and safest inlets in NJ
Well then I will certainly be staying away from the others.
06-05-2013 05:49 PM
mad_machine
Re: South Jersey anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ei Leen View Post
Yep. I've come close to praying a few times out there in our power boat and I am not religious.

(I assume we're talking about Absecon Inlet? )
Little Egg. Absecon Inlet (atlantic city) is one of the best and safest inlets in NJ
06-05-2013 03:39 PM
Ward H
South Jersey anyone?

True downtown Sewell near old Post Office.
Yes, a fishing license gives you ramp access on Union Lake. I windsurfed UL for several yrs. Winds can be tricky around the islands which can be frustrating for a beginner. The club has moorings and I think dry storage. A mooring there would be sweet.
Before I tried sailing my Newport there I took it without the mast and motored around the lake. Gave me a feel how to approach the dock, unload and load onto the trailer. Took some pressure off while I learned to do those things. Just don't forget the plug!
06-05-2013 05:59 AM
Ei Leen Thanks SO much. Nice to find someone who knows firsthand exactly what I'm dealing with. I didn't know there is a sailing club on Union. I will check it out. Most of the state parks you don't need a ramp permit if you display a fishing license on your windshield but I think Union might have been one of the few where that isn't true.
The Delaware does not appeal to me, either.
Wouldn't it be nice if one of those beautiful, clear blue sand-mine lakes were available for sailing? You'd think with all the lakes and rivers in SJ there'd be ample options for sailing.
By the way, I am in Mantua. Are you in the real Sewell?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ward H:1039797
Hi Ei Leen,
I'm also in Gouc Co. the Sewell area.
I started last year sailing a 17' Newport and like you, looked for a close area to sail.
Probably the best sailing lake in South Jersey is Union Lake in Millville. Close to 1000 acre lake and no wakes to worry about. It's popular with the fishing crowd but it is a state lake and with limits on motor size. Very nice ramp but be sure to get a state usage permit.
About a 40 minute drive to the ramp.
The Union Lake Sailing Club is right on the lake. You might want to check with them about membership and lessons.
I didn't find anything closer other than the river which I did not find appealing at all. We ended going down to the Barnegat Bay and fell in love with that. I also got tired of trailering and ended up with a 25'r in a slip in Barnegat. If you stay away from weekends the BB offers great sailing but can be a bit of work in a boat that size if the wind picks up.
If you can find the time and money you might want to check out the Barnegat Bay Sailing Schoool in Bayville. I took the ASA101 class with them. Learned a lot and got a lot of time on the water. That gave me the confidence to take my Newport out by myself.
Afraid I don't have the time right now to offer to go sailing with you. Maybe after I get my boat in and work eases up a bit.
I do think your best bet is Union Lake and even if you don't join the club there, maybe someone will offer to go sailing with you a couple of times. In fact, if you want, I can probably get you the club president's phone number. One of my work buddies lives next to him.
06-05-2013 05:45 AM
Ei Leen
Quote:
Originally Posted by chef2sail:1039787
Forget trying the inlet its a trecherous one.
Yep. I've come close to praying a few times out there in our power boat and I am not religious.

(I assume we're talking about Absecon Inlet? )
06-04-2013 10:10 PM
Ward H
Re: South Jersey anyone?

Hi Ei Leen,
I'm also in Gouc Co. the Sewell area.
I started last year sailing a 17' Newport and like you, looked for a close area to sail.
Probably the best sailing lake in South Jersey is Union Lake in Millville. Close to 1000 acre lake and no wakes to worry about. It's popular with the fishing crowd but it is a state lake and with limits on motor size. Very nice ramp but be sure to get a state usage permit.
About a 40 minute drive to the ramp.
The Union Lake Sailing Club is right on the lake. You might want to check with them about membership and lessons.
I didn't find anything closer other than the river which I did not find appealing at all. We ended going down to the Barnegat Bay and fell in love with that. I also got tired of trailering and ended up with a 25'r in a slip in Barnegat. If you stay away from weekends the BB offers great sailing but can be a bit of work in a boat that size if the wind picks up.
If you can find the time and money you might want to check out the Barnegat Bay Sailing Schoool in Bayville. I took the ASA101 class with them. Learned a lot and got a lot of time on the water. That gave me the confidence to take my Newport out by myself.
Afraid I don't have the time right now to offer to go sailing with you. Maybe after I get my boat in and work eases up a bit.
I do think your best bet is Union Lake and even if you don't join the club there, maybe someone will offer to go sailing with you a couple of times. In fact, if you want, I can probably get you the club president's phone number. One of my work buddies lives next to him.
06-04-2013 09:57 PM
mad_machine
Re: South Jersey anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Great Bay has lots of room. I kept my first keel boat a 28 Islander thre for 2 years before moving north to Barnegat Bay for 7 years. Depths 6 ft , very few power boats.1-2 hour tacks.

Forget trying the inlet its a trecherous one.
aye.. Little Egg is not for the faint of heart. better to go south and go out Absecon
06-04-2013 09:54 PM
chef2sail
Re: South Jersey anyone?

Great Bay has lots of room. I kept my first keel boat a 28 Islander thre for 2 years before moving north to Barnegat Bay for 7 years. Depths 6 ft , very few power boats.1-2 hour tacks.

Forget trying the inlet its a trecherous one.
06-04-2013 08:58 PM
jimgo
Re: South Jersey anyone?

I really liked the back bay (western side of the Garden State Parkway bridge). It was fairly low traffic, even midsummer. I have a 15' and have considered bringing it there and to the bay behind Avalon.
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