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Ocean Gate NJ to Barnegat Inlet

We have a sailboat at Ocean Gate marina in NJ. We're planning to take to the Chesapeake at the end of May. The plan is to take it through the Barnegat Bay to the Barnegat Inlet and then south. Looking at the chart, it appears that the Oyster Creek Channel is deep enough to accommodate our 3' 8" draft, but the channel appears to be very narrow and I don't see any aids to navigation on the chart. For anyone who has travelled this route before, can you tell me what to expect? Are the ATONs not on the chart simply because their position varies season to season?
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Re: Ocean Gate NJ to Barnegat Inlet

Nautical charts generally do not show the location of aids to navigation in inlets. The bottom changes frequently in inlets and the CG moves the ATONs to match. There will certainly be ATONs present in Barnegat Inlet.

All inlets should be respected! Be sure to check wind and current; as a general rule I avoid transiting an inlet at times of current against wind, a lesson hard learned. Others here will have specific up-to-date , local knowledge about Barnegat inlet.
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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!
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Re: Ocean Gate NJ to Barnegat Inlet

As Tempest noted the channel will have day marks which are moved frequently as it’s shoals shift. His warning about the hard sand in that channel is spot on. It is narrow and winding so pay attention and line yourself up carefully. The side “ walls “ of the channel are abrupt and not gradual.

At the end of the Oyster Creek channel before you head up to the inlet one of the nicest anchorages , Myers Hole is a great place to stage for the run out the inlet.

We have done the run fro Cape May to Barnegat over 50 times. Barnegat is an inlet not to be trifled with and can be extreme dangerous with any eastern component to the wind. The current runs 3 knots at least and wind opposing current will creTe lRge standing waves in the middle of the inlet. Best to call the Barnget Ccast Gaurd for updates on the inlets condition.

You are looking at a 65 nm trip to Cape May taking approx 13 hours at average speed of 5 knots. The ONLY safe inlet between Barnegat and Cape May for a sailboat is Atlantic City.

What size boat are you taking?

Remember the Delaware River needs to be traversed with a following current or you will virtually be at a crawl.
The Cape MY canal bridge height is 53 feet,

Plan on two very long days to reach the Chesapeake unless you go overnight. There is no place to pull over and anchor on the Delaware till you hit Reedy Island 5 miles from the C&D Canal

We keep our boat in Annapolis area and travel to the LI Sound frequently stopping over at Myers Hole.

If you need any further info feel free to PM me.
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