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Great Egg Harbor Shoaling

I'm hearing reports of Shoaling throughout the Great Egg Harbor inlet between Ocean City NJ and Longport that is greater than normal, as a result of Sandy. I also heard that the sea buoy "GE" is in 9' of water.

Does anyone have first hand knowledge of the conditions?
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Re: Great Egg Harbor Shoaling

If you don't get an answer here, try calling SeaTow or TowBoatUS. They have been very helpful in getting local knowledge.
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Great idea. Thanks.
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Re: Great Egg Harbor Shoaling

Shoaling is always an issue in Barnegat and Great Egg w/ conditions that can change weekly. I suggest you follow Jimgo's advice and call local Seatow. I can personally attest, they are very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.
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Re: Great Egg Harbor Shoaling

TowBoat US Barnegat Light (609) 494-6385

SeaTow Barnegat Bay 609-660-7777

I'd think either should have info on Great Egg inlet.
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Re: Great Egg Harbor Shoaling

There's a BoatUS guy stationed in Great Egg Harbor/bay. I know, he came and tried to tow me when I was aground last year.
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Re: Great Egg Harbor Shoaling

How you guys don't faint from shear terror when transiting the Barnegat inlet is beyond my comprehension!
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Re: Great Egg Harbor Shoaling

I haven't been through this year, but from Active Captain:

Date: 2013-06-06
Captain: Frank Quigley+, Annapolis (162)

Came through 6/4/13 at half tide with 15 knots of wind and three foot swell. I had no less than 18 feet through the inlet.
The coast guard moved the markers and the inlet has been dredged. The markers are now further north than before (aprox 1/2 mile)


That said, I hear from my friends that there are vast changes in the bay itself. Excessive caution is in order. And make sure your towing policy is up to date.
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Re: Great Egg Harbor Shoaling

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How you guys don't faint from shear terror when transiting the Barnegat inlet is beyond my comprehension!
It's an acquired taste, Denise!

Just kidding...only did it once, but it really wasn't that bad. Of course, I'm used to launching my Hobie through the surf!

But, really, you know what to do....study the chart, check the wind and tides, check for local knowledge, make a plan, and have a back up plan so you don't feel forced to commit during marginal conditions.

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shudders...
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