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Jersey Shore Dry Slips

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a dry slip in NJ's Lawrence Harbor area? I'm looking for a place to put a 16-20ft dinghy for the season. I can be as far South as Leonardo and as as far North as Liberty Landing.

I'm currently shopping for a centerboard dinghy for my family, possibly a Flying Scot or similar. While I don't trust keeping it in the water, I'd like to see if there's a better alternative than trailering her back and forth between the shore and my home in Mercer County.
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Re: Jersey Shore Dry Slips

With a 16-20ft dinghy, raising and lowering the mast is usually only a 20-30min operation (if that long). so dropping the mast and trailering the boat around a marina to and from the ramp, shouldn't be that big of a deal.

many marina's offer ramp service and dry storage. you've specified a fairly large swath of the jersey coast. i think you'll need to figure out where you want to sail first and then scout marina's nearby

if you're in mercer county (like me, in hamilton) and new to sailing, i'd suggest before venturing into the ocean or barnegat bay, that you give Lake Mercer and/or Manesquan reservoir a shot first. it does mean trailering home each time, but it's a short distance and it's much more calm water.
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if you're in mercer county (like me, in hamilton) and new to sailing, i'd suggest before venturing into the ocean or barnegat bay, that you give Lake Mercer and/or Manesquan reservoir a shot first. it does mean trailering home each time, but it's a short distance and it's much more calm water.
Thanks! Part of my dilemma is that I can't keep a trailer at my house so goal would have been to keep the boat dry slipped in the summer and then store it away at my dad's farm in the winter.

I'm in Plainsboro, so just about 10 min from Mercer. Was also looking at Assunpink Lake as well. Have you sailed there before?

I did most of my sailing lessons out of Liberty Landing on the Hudson and also Powerboated out of Keansburg as a kid. So was generally looking at marinas an hour's drive from home.
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Look at the Flying Scot Class website for nearby fleets. Typically they are located at clubs that are set up to support dry sailing.
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Thanks! Part of my dilemma is that I can't keep a trailer at my house so goal would have been to keep the boat dry slipped in the summer and then store it away at my dad's farm in the winter.
Ah, yes, i have the same issue where i'm at. i live in a HOA that doesn't permit trailer storage overnight. i ended up selling my dinghy before i moved into the HOA and bought a bigger boat that i leave slipped in barnegat.

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I'm in Plainsboro, so just about 10 min from Mercer. Was also looking at Assunpink Lake as well. Have you sailed there before?
i'm not sure you can actually boat on assunpink lake. i wouldn't have thought it's big enough, nor is there any ramp access to it. most people just fish it as far as i know.

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I did most of my sailing lessons out of Liberty Landing on the Hudson and also Powerboated out of Keansburg as a kid. So was generally looking at marinas an hour's drive from home.
i looked at a google map of the area you mentioned in your first post. it looks like there are a few marina's in that area that I'm sure you could cut a deal with even if they don't officially allow dry sailing. i also noticed a marina that hosts a fleet of hobie cat's, that's probably where i'd start looking.

it's unfortunate that lake mercer doesn't allow dry storage. awhile ago i had a half hearted idea of trying to convince the caspian rowing center to allow dry storage, but i never made contact with them. if i were to get another dinghy to sail on the lake in the evenings i'd probably try again, but having a few more dedicated sailors would help the cause.
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Thanks for looking! I love Barnegat but I'm worried it's a little too far a drive for me. I'm definitely going to have to look for that marina with the Hobie Cats. Do you recall where you saw it?

The Assunpink Lake I'm thinking of is down near Millstone between 195 and 33. It's almost as big as Mercer. I've kayak fished there before and there's a nice concrete ramp and fair sized parked lot as well. Seems to mostly frequented by bass boats.

Not sure about the depth though.

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Oh, I've not been to that lake. I got slightly confused. by lake mercer there something called the assunpink center which is a dam on the miry brook. which is not the same place.

the hobie cat place was closer to leonardo, i just followed the shore line on google maps. it stood out pretty clearly

barnegat township is probably right about an hour from plainsboro. i drive it from hamilton every weekend, it's a straight shot down 539.

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the hobie cat place was closer to leonardo, i just followed the shore line on google maps. it stood out pretty clearly
Thanks, man!
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Re: Jersey Shore Dry Slips

I think these are the guys you're looking for... SHBCC , I haven't been there in a decade, but I don't remember any dock - you have to beach launch...
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I think these are the guys you're looking for... SHBCC , I haven't been there in a decade, but I don't remember any dock - you have to beach launch...
Thanks! I looked up their website. It actually looks perfect. I grew up in Holmdel so Sandy Hook was always a popular haunt. A bit far from Plainsboro but worth checking out. Going to see if I can stop by this weekend and say hello.

Hopefully they're monohull friendly.
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