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Old 10-30-2017, 07:10 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by psneeld View Post
The NJ intracoastal is shallow but certainly an option for under 4 foot draft boats.

Travel on anything but the last 2 of a falling and first 2 of a rising tide. Go slow in areas where you are not sure where shallows are lurking.

I have never seen "fish traps" along the Jersey coast, other than a few pot buoys, but not even close to the density found elsewhere. Just look for lines of them and run parallel to most.

So even if there is a stiff Westerly or Northwesterly wind, you can hug the coast just offshore the shoal areas and be fine. Even when the forecast is calling for 5 footers, the waves within a couple miles of the beach are 2 or less and smaller if closer. Those are wind waves, if swell is forecast, different but not necessarily a show stopper. The swell can make inlets dangerous if big enough and an outgoing tide.

Thanks for the input. (Last night was one of those nights where the cost of an overpriced marina is worth every cent. If one is concerned about the wind increase, change in direction, you simply step on the dock- and add another line. Easy peasy.

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