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I crew on a race boat on the Delaware River (near Burlington, NJ) and have my own boat on Barnegat Bay. Sailing on the Delaware satisfies my jones, but it's not ideal. Most of it is pretty narrow, it's tidal so you need to pay close attention to the switching current, the wind is often nonexistent, and there's active shipping to contend with on most of it (which does get more occasional as you go north).

Barnegat is more open (at least between Toms River and Waretown) and there are more places to explore. There's no shipping, but it can be busy on the weekends with tons of pleasureboats, and it's pretty shallow. The best thing about Barnegat for me is the wind. I'd almost always rather be reefed down and sailing at hull speed than bobbing aimlessly or running the motor in 0-2kts. I don't know Raritan Bay or the reservoirs that well, but I've sailed a Catalina 22 on Barnegat for the last 5 years and it's been a lot of fun.
 
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