New Jersey ICW

New Jersey ICW

Postby Bruce Marino » Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:35 am

Has anyone done the New Jersey ICW recently ?? Any issues ? Any really good anchorages ??
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Postby Al W » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:31 pm

Hi Bruce
#941 GB nice boat. I looked at this boat twice. Never sold mine so never moved on it. I do know it was not used much in the past two years so make sure the fuel is good. As I remember it only had one filter. Maybe add a dual before going south? Or polishing the fuel?? Just a thought.
As to your question, I am not sure how many bridges there are there but I have heard go out side and you will be much happier....pick a good weather window. I would go from Huntington to Sandy Hook and wait for the weather. Pass outside NJ to Egg Harbor or Atlantic City. Then on to the D&C canal or around the bend and up the Delaware bay with the current. Then it is all inland to where you are going.
We are leaving Sept 12th for the Bahamas. We will be starting from New London CT. Maybe we will see you along the way if you are leaving before then.
Good Luck with the new boat.
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Postby Tom H » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:33 pm

Did the inside Jersey "ICW" from Manasquan to Cape May last year. Went on the outside along the coast this year, Had a horrible time with shallow water, very bad fog, fisherman anchored in the channel at a time when I could not see the front of the boat, some rips and such a long, long way to go. This year we picked our window, considering tides, winds (best when from the west) and weather. Had a great ride from Manhasset Bay to Manasquan. Then to Atlantic City and finally Cape May. Will never take the inside again, even if I have to wait two weeks for a window.
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Postby Bruce Marino » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:44 pm

Thanks guys - will consider the outside - it's perhaps a bit boring as we have done it in a sailboat with a 45' mast - that said we might just try a portion of it and see how it goes - we leave tomorrow morning for Long Island.
To Al - if you get to Abacos, look us up - we're on the west side of Lubbers Quarters Cay just west of Elbow Cay ( Hopetown ) - e-mail us ( brucetmarino@gmail.com ) or call us in the Bahamas at 242 - 366 - 3147 - we have great water and lots of it ( 12,000 gal. cistern system ) we'll be there for the winter starting the first week in December -
- Bruce & Tracie Marino
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Postby roger and anne howell » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:14 am

Hi,
We took our GB36 inside Barnegat Bay last fall on our way south. Stopped at Manhasset Bay, Manasquan, Atlantic City and Cape May. Plenty of water and no problems. This spring, post Sandy, we stayed outside; Cape May to Barnegat Inlet then Great Kills, Staten Island. Great Kills was still showing the effects of Sandy in June, but had a good stop at the Great Kills Yacht Club. We are envious of your departure as we spent last winter in Man O'War. Oh well, next trip is 2014.
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Postby CharlieH » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:59 am

We ran the New Jersey Coast on the outside this summer, twice, on our trip to Nantucket and back to Baltimore. I had a great experience pulling into the Shark River. There are two Bridges to navigate, but nothing to fear - trick is to call the first bridge PRIOR to entering the break-water, so they have time to open up for you.

The best part about this stop is that the fuel dock is a self-serve system, allowing for after hours fueling. They simply accept credit/debit cards at the pump, like a car. That is the first marina I have seen on the east coast that allows 24-hour fueling with no staff present. We took on about 400 gallons at night. It makes timing easy! You don't have to worry about getting to the fuel dock before they close at the end of a long day. You can arrive at night and fill up and go. And it puts you in close proximity to run East River the following day. Town facilities are very close too.

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Postby Bruce Marino » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:44 pm

Charlie - could you please give me a better location of that fuel dock - we should be in Sandy hook this Tuesday on the Jersey ICW on Thursday Thanks
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Postby CharlieH » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:03 pm

It was Belmar Marina. Here is the website Link!

http://belmar.com

"Fuel is available at the Belmar Municipal Marina floating fuel dock 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by using our Pay at the Pump credit card system. Additionally, we have staff to assist or pump fuel for you at the dock during our operating hours year round. We accept American Express, Visa and Master Card. Pumpout facilities are also available at the floating fuel dock during the boating season. The fuel dock is up and running for the Pay at the Pump credit card system."

Have fun!

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Postby Bruce Marino » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:18 am

thanks guys for all your help - no problems at all so far - did the outside passage yesterday in 1 to 2 ft swells - anchored in the Toms River last nite - thanks again
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Postby CharlieH » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:18 am

That is great. What cut did you take to get into Toms River, from the outside? Manasquan to Point Pleasant Canal?

Assuming your trip takes you to Cape May, C&D, & down the Chesapeake, if you need any ideas for gunk holes or whatever, please let me know. We love the Chesapeake Bay and have been running around it for about 10 years now......

Wish I was running south right now! any underway pics of your boat?

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Postby Bruce Marino » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:35 am

Charlie - we came in the Manasquan Inlet - seas outside were almost flat - we anchored in the Toms River off the " Cocktail Cove " - wifi available at anchor there - very nice location - the free dock talked about in Skipper Bob's has less then 4' of water - no pictures yet but will get to it soon - also " no name yet " will be changed now that we have a real vessel - leaving Chestertown, MD for Annapolis this morning - And thanks to all for your help & comments about the Jersey ICW - ( it was " interesting " ) - and to all the forum members for the great education I gotten over the past 3 years - it's really paying off now - Bruce & Tracie Marino
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