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Re: Ocean Gate NJ to Barnegat Inlet
Once you make the turn between 40 and 41, you should spot some day marks. In May, however they may be a little spotty, if they've suffered a hard winter. I'd plan arriving at that turn @ high tide on a FAIR weather day. On a nice day, it can be a non-event!
Pick your way "Slowly" through there, that's hard sand and not the soft muck found on the mainland side. Watch your depth sounder and Watch where the deeper draft recreational fishing boats head. Don't try to cut corners. Your waypoints look pretty good.
Though, Favor the center to port side of the inlet as you exit.(once you're in the inlet) I've seen deep water on the starboard side, but I wouldn't count on it. Also, the end of the port side Jetty is awash at high tide! (notice those dashed lines on the chart) So go straight out the inlet until you clear everything.
How late in May are you leaving? Flounder season, starts May 22nd. Weather permitting, there's a good chance I'll be heading out there. If I do, I'll come back with a current report.
Your other option, of course, is to head north and exit through the Manasquan inlet. But then, the challenge is timing the Point Pleasant Canal. Have a good Trip!