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Old 01-22-2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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Traders Cove Marina, Brick NJ, Good-Bad-Ugly?

We are looking at Traders Cove Marina in Brick NJ.
Anyone have any experience there?
The grounds look very nice, close to beaches, protected slips, and floating docks.

Two negatives I see:
Is Sharing the public restrooms with the park visitors, especially during concerts. The Resource Building contains public restrooms and shower facilities for slip customers. The second floor of the Resource Building is for transient dock customers and provides them with a lounge/TV area, laundry facilities, restrooms and showers.

Having to go thru the Pt Pleasant Canal to get to the ocean.

Across the road is Barnegat Bay Marina with no floating docks.

Both these marina are much cheaper than the Manasquan River marinas.

Rosie and Greg
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We stayed on the Manasquan River a couple of nights when we were bringing our boat home. Worst 2 nights of the trip. The wakes in the no wake areas were horrible. It was the marina just downstream of the bridge, maybe railroad bridge???
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Old 01-22-2019, 07:54 PM   #3
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Welcome to NJ!
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Hi,

I have been at Trader's cove since 2015. On the good side, the dockmaster Kevin Burdge is a good guy. Floating docks are nice, slips are separated by pilings. The views of the sunset can be really good. People are friendly. F cove is a nice little place to hand out on the boat. It's literally around the corner from Trader's Cove. Couple of restaurants fairly close by.

Some downsides. Bathrooms are a bit of a walk to get to. Showers don't have hot water.

More seriously, they have trouble supplying electrical power. We were out on A dock for weeks last season. I have an on board generator that mitigated it for me somewhat.

Docking is not bad, very little current. Can be exposed to the wind though, especially in the afternoon.
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Hi, Not sure if the Ocean is your main attraction to the area. If so staying close to Manasquan Inlet is a plus. Otherwise if your cruising down Bay, Or only going off shore once and a while. There are a lot of options of nice Marinas in the Toms River Area.We keep our boat a Spinnakers Cove off Water Street Toms River. Very Quiet nice spot, we rode out Sandy in our Slip with zero damage. Spinnakers Cove is a privately owned condo slip setup. But some owners rent out their slips, fairly reasonably. Enjoy your new Boat. John and Miri
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Maritin,
We are going to be at D-11 or D-17. What is the problem with the power? Should I expect problems on D dock? No hot water--the wife is going to kill me. You being on A dock have front row seats to the boat ramp show. See you soon.
John,
We have talked about taking a slip down your way. Maybe 2020. We will see about the lack of hot water.
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On A dock we had a bad transformer in the distribution panel. Right now we don't have any power in the boatyard (on the light poles).


Not sure why the water isn't hot.

Docks are nice, walking trail is a plus.
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Martin,
Is the water warm or is it just cold water?
I told my wife about the water last night and I was having an affair and spent all our money.
Guess which one she was upset about.
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Martin,
Is the water warm or is it just cold water?
I told my wife about the water last night and I was having an affair and spent all our money.
Guess which one she was upset about.
Greg
Wow,

Sounds like you can have all the affairs you want.... Just keep the water hot <g>.
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Hi,

D dock has some nice things going for it. Lots of room to maneuver into your slip, perhaps a bit more protected from the wind.

I always stay on my boat the first night I launch for the season. Just in case there's a leak of some kind. I used the shower in the 'Boating Facility'. Turned all the way to max the temperature was tepid at best. Uncomfortably cool to me.

Thinking it was early in the season and maybe the temp was not yet turned up fully I went back two-three weeks later. Just turned it on, all the way to max. Same.

It's nice to be able to rinse off after a swim so we aren't happy about that. I have hot water on my boat so we use that.

We are also not thrilled about not being able to use the washers and dryers. We are also prohibited from using the WiFi. These are typical amenities, not something extraordinary in our view.

As mentioned there are positives too, I don't want to paint an overly bleak picture.

Now that prices have gone up and Trader's is the same price per foot as other marinas my wife and I are keeping our eyes open.

We will be in A-16 this season. Hope to meet you soon.

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Trader's Cove

Greg, one other thing since you are going to be on D dock. The dredging work at the marina has been an issue. I just saw this article:

DredgeWire

There are subsequent articles that indicate dredging is not finished due to the environmental permits being expired. I had no idea that some boats were sitting on the bottom. Over on A dock we're OK.

Did you check the water level at low tide?

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Seeve,
Once the water is warm, Rosie's attention would quickly refocus.

Martin,
Kevin stated I will have more than 4' at low tide.
I will check the water next time I am down.
Even if we have to shower on the boat, I am still looking forward to Trader's Cove.
I appreciate the information and look forward to meeting you guys.
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