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Re: Jersey Shore living and sailing
In case being further north appeals for some reason (e.g. NYC): I grew up in the Red Bank area sailing the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers and cruised <30' boats in this area. ~30 miles N of Toms River. Very nice area, pricey, more Wall St. suburbia and less summertime shore feel than Barnegat would give you. Both rivers are small and Shrewsbury is especially shallow, basically catboats and dinghies only. The Navesink is a nice big bathtub rimmed by mansions and good for an afternoon sail for up to 6' draft. Our local mooring field routinely got 35-40' snowbirds hiding from weather before making the overnight to Cape May. For a longer day sail, Raritan Bay and the ocean are one opening bridge and a few miles away.
* Drop a hook anywhere on the Nav or Shrewsbury for an easy overnight.
* Plenty of dock-n-dine spots and walkable downtowns, particularly Red Bank and Atlantic Highlands
* No scary inlets to get to the ocean (though definitely some motoring). If weather gets nasty you can run for the Atlantic Highlands harbor breakwater or tuck into Spermicetti cove.
* NYC, e.g. Sheepshead Bay or Jersey City, are a daytrip away. I've motorsailed a 28' from Red Bank to Port Washington on LIS in an easy day. We also did weekend harbor-hops up the CT shore to Block Island by leaving the boat and taking Amtrak back and forth, which was fun (and doable from Philly).
* Some decent beaches in the area, but not as good as LBI and south.
* Boating has really died off in this area. Lots of sailing history and activity last century, but recently it's been a ghost town on the water. Even power boats and waverunners have virtually disappeared. Barnegat Bay should offer more in the way of sailing community.
* You'll need to add miles on the turnpike, GSP, Rte 9, etc. to get up there. It will be reverse traffic, but still a hassle when you just want to get to the shore.
Last edited by bajaking; 11-15-2019 at 01:07 AM.