Understood! ;-) Do you skip the Abacos and the Bahamas too? Just a plug for my home waters. The Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey is a boater friendly stop, frequented by many transients. Easy in and out without local knowledge. In the Spring and Fall, there are more Canadian Flagged vessels than geese in port.
No inlet to worry about and the outer harbor is plenty deep. Cruiser friendly town, with everything you need within walking distance. You can get launch service at anchor now for $25/day, or dinghy in. Moorings are $55.00/night. Seastreak, to NYC is right there.
I agree. I understand why many LRC donít stop in along the Jersey Shore. It doesnít fit in with their itinerary and consequently most donít really know the beauty and neat little towns.
There are many and I dare say most who read these threads who donít do LRC and they should also know the inside passage is not a negative one at all and may meet their needs for vacation and also the type of boats they have. It is also a good way to build up experience for later LRC.
Altlantic Highlands is a nice place. We usually stop there. Since we have a good dinghy we anchor at the end of the protective mooring field. It is a perfect place where you can economically visit NYC from. The Streak will take you to the Financial District and you can take a free bus to the Freedom Tower and 911 Memorial area.
Barnegat is a quintessentially laid back beach town with great seafood, fishing boats for day trip, and a picturesque anchorage behind the lighthouse with a coool ocean breeze most days. The inlet can be dangerous but is doable in most conditions.
Atlantic City is not for everyone, but the Famoius White House subs, Docs Oyster House and the Borgota Restaurants are great places. Easy inlet too.
Cape May is the gem. Great restaurants great shopping, great beaches.
My wife was able to get her coastal cruising experience from these trips so eventually she was willing to make the 39 hour overnight straight to Block or Montauk and even the Delaware at night to catch the current.
I have given advice to many SN who have similar sized and smaller 35 footers like mine how to enjoy the NJ Coast as well as inside passage. In their and my case, the journey is the point vs the destination and it can be a good confidence builder in taking the next step to longer ocean cruising.
Donít overlook the beauty and sailability of NJ. It requires other skills and has many attractions. Itís shore towns are better maintained than most states as are its beaches and boardwalks.