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02-21-2013 06:22 PM
chef2sail
Re: Sailing on the NJ shore

Quote:
Originally Posted by ntolst View Post
I strongly disagree with the statement that the Cape May inlets are nasty.
I entered those inlets many times in various weather conditions on my Catalina 30',
Niagara 35', and Bayfield 36' boats and never had a slightest problem. One time, however, entering Absecon inlet and not paying attention I almost run aground north of the channel.
Good luck and fair winds!
Miracles
Bayfield 36'
Reedville VA
I think the poster mentioned in his sentence that those inlets are nasty in a " underpowered boat" and he was also refering to tide and current suggesting entering at slack tides in the larger discussion. Since I know the poster and his boat which doesnt have the same engine as yours or my larger boats his suggestion was spot on. He will in fact struggle against the 3 knot current out of any of the inlets including Cape May.

I have transited the CM, Absecon (AC) Inlets over a couple hundred times having lived in Ocean City, NJ for 18 years before moving to the Chessie 12 years ago. We use them on our annual trip to the LI Sound and NE every year. Cape May, Absecon ( Atlantic City) and Manequan are the relaitively safe inlets in NJ. They don not have entensive shoals on both sides leading out 11/2 miles and the shoals dont shift like many of the olthers do. We also use Barnegat Inlet, but that should be done with great care as it is tricky, shoaled, has some counterintuitive turnes and markers, and needs to be avoided in any NE component of wind. All other inlets the CG may moved the bouys on a daily basis based on shifting shoals.

To run aground at Absecon you must have really not been paying attention. I can only think it must bhave been in inside the jetties or perhaps you cut to close to the north side where Brigentine is. Further back near Clam Creek it can get tricky too.The Southern route is wide open close to the shoreline and the old piers of AC. It is a pretty benign inlet in foul weather as long as you give wide berth to the north edge shere it is shoaled outward 1/2 mile and some rollers come across part of the inlet in NE wind component storms.
If you enter from the south you dont have this issue as they have dissipated by that time. Sometimes its worth it if tansiting in from the north to continue little past the inlet about a mile out and then come in from a better angle.

We call Cape May the Indianapolis/ Daytona Inlet as the many fishing and deep sea head boats come roaring through there, waking any size sailboat not to mention a 23 footer. They take sport in watching you rock back and forth I think. Couple with a 3 knot current I can see where thats a pain in the ass for the poster.
02-21-2013 04:27 PM
ntolst
Re: Sailing on the NJ shore

I strongly disagree with the statement that the Cape May inlets are nasty.
I entered those inlets many times in various weather conditions on my Catalina 30',
Niagara 35', and Bayfield 36' boats and never had a slightest problem. One time, however, entering Absecon inlet and not paying attention I almost run aground north of the channel.
Good luck and fair winds!
Miracles
Bayfield 36'
Reedville VA
07-05-2012 05:49 PM
DivingOtter
Re: Sailing on the NJ shore

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Originally Posted by murphbmurph View Post
Otter - I apparently don't have enough posts to send a PM to you...I can give you my email?

murph
Go right ahead. Mine is GSDiveServices@gmail.com
05-21-2012 09:34 PM
murphbmurph
Re: Sailing on the NJ shore

Otter - I apparently don't have enough posts to send a PM to you...I can give you my email?

murph
05-08-2012 01:11 PM
DivingOtter
Re: Sailing on the NJ shore

Feel free to PM me. I have my boat in Lavallette and would be happy to share any knowledge and tell you the good spots
03-06-2012 11:47 AM
Yamsailor
Re: Sailing on the NJ shore

I highly recommend Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay. I sail there alot on the weekends. The winds are typically 10-15 knots and the density of boat traffic is miniscule compared to Barnegat Bay. I think it is the best place to sail in New Jersey. You can join Keyport Yacht Club if you like, it is very inexpensive and you are guaranteed a mooring space. For small boat sailing--it is a no brainer--IMHO.
03-05-2012 09:19 PM
Tempest
Re: Sailing on the NJ shore

New Jersey has approved at least 2 online courses... Boat Ed's (Nj course is one.) I think it costs $39.00. After that, you'd have to take an in-person exam that you can schedule through the online provider for $ 30.00

IF you're a seasonal visitor, and have taken a state approved course in another state, or a nasbla approved course and can provide documentation, you can operate in nj for up to 90 days. A Coast Guard license is also accepted.
03-05-2012 08:54 PM
murphbmurph
Re: Sailing on the NJ shore

Thanks for all the great suggestions.

Murph
03-03-2012 02:45 PM
chef2sail You will really enjoy Barnegat Bay. I kept my 28 Islander there for almost 8 years while I live in Ocean City NJ as it has consisitant winds and lots of great places to sail.

I would look to keep the boat just south of Toms River Bridge going over to the Island. We stayed at Dillons Creek, but there are lots of ramps, marinas up the Toms River.

Dont let th PB traffic bother you as there is plenty of room and depth as you come out the Toms River and head south. You have at least a 14 mile run down to Forked River
which is wide open and lots of room east to West for whart you are sailing. Anchor out some day/ night at Tices shoal and swim accrooos to the Island Beach State Park and hang out on the beach. We anchor behind Barnegat Light House on our trip to new England from the Chesapeake every year.

The prevailing winds are S- SE in the summer when the onshore ocean breeze kicks in so it is usally cool temperate in the afternoons. If you jkeep your boat north like Toms River you ride home to port will ususally be a fast broad reach. North of the Toms River there is sailing up through Silver bay and Meteedaconk, buit the current inthe canal will run quick enough to overpower your boat I beleive if you are running opposed to it.

Toms River and Barnegat Bay is an awesome place to keep a boat of your size and there is plenty of room.

Dave
03-03-2012 01:48 PM
DRFerron
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Originally Posted by murphbmurph View Post
This will be my first time taking my boat into a salt water bay, and I'm trying to cover the bases re. info, charts, safety equipment, etc.
NOAA charts, VHF radio, GPS/depth finder, horn --- what all should I be looking at?
Congratulations on the new boat!

As for safety equipment, start with what you legally needed and should have had on the lake. Lake or salt water, makes no difference. Pennsylvania requirements mirror Federal requirements.

I know you said that you'll trailer your boat to New Jersey, but things change so keep in mind should you decide to keep your boat in New Jersey longer than 90 days and register it there, you must have a New Jersey boating safety certificate. They no longer have reciprocal agreements with any other state and do not accept the online courses.

Good luck with your new sailing grounds.
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