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  1. Lavallette to Manasquan Inlet & the Manasquan River Yacht Club


    In order to get out of Barnegat Bay at the North end you have to transit what is known as the Point Pleasant Canal which joins the town of Bay Head to the Manasquan Inlet. The guide books write this canal up as very turbulent and the only safe time to transit the 2 mile stretch is at slack high water. The turbulence comes from the fact that Barnegat bay has its’ 0.5’ tidal range and Manasquan inlet has ...
  2. Barnegat Bay, Toms River & Lavallette


    After our long walk at Island Beach State Park we found our way back to where Libra was anchored. With the winds already at 15 knots and the forecast for it to rise overnight, we decided it was prudent to pull our anchor and sail to the Northwest into Toms River for a more protected anchorage for the night. And thank goodness we did because soon the winds were pushing us along at 8 knots and the bay chop ...
  3. The New Jersey ICW - Atlantic City to Island Beach State Park


    The New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) begins for us this morning, and fortunately coincides with the opening day of striper season, and it’s Saturday, so the entire southern New Jersey recreational fishing fleet will be out. At least it won’t be boring! So the NJ ICW is known as a shallow, shifting and shoaling stretch of inland waterway that needs dredging and can be crowded and uncomfortable. The ...
  4. The Unseen 40 miles to Atlantic City

    May 3rd, Thursday morning, our day to transit the Atlantic Ocean. 40 miles up the coast to Atlantic city. This trip entails transiting two inlets from the ocean, Cape May’s jetty protected entrance and Atlantic City’s dredged and well marked inlet. Both nothing like the breaker covered entrances along the NorthWestern coast but still something to plan on and not take lightly. Our planned departure was to leave Cape May at slack water so there was no current to stack up the southerly swell, then ...
  5. Transiting the Delaware Bay & Cape May

    May 1st - and while protestors ransacked our home city of Seattle we donned our foul weather gear and headed out into the Delaware River to see what the day was to bring. I had checked the buoy reports and most had winds at 10 to 12 knots at 210 degrees, which would put it on our Starboard side, not straight in front of us. It was also forecast to shift to the West as the day went on but along with this shift was the possibility of Thunder Showers. In this part of the world that not only means ...
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