Originally Posted by eyschulman
Just wondering if you ever came in Manasquan or Barnqagat inlets when tide and wind was opposed and if you have ever Hit bottom or broached or seen a boat broach in these inlets? Why do people line up to watch boats enter Manasquan when wind and waves kick up? And Manasquan is one of the better inlets. While I did not spend a lot of time at the inlets I did see and experience both broach and hitting the bottom so my advise to someone inexperienced in dealing with these inlets in a boat that can not ride the back of a wave is to use caution. The posters boat is shoal enough to go inside and while not the fastest route certainly the safest. I would not compare a sail boat off shore in this area to the type of power boat of poster. A sound sailboat with able crew can make outside passage with fair comfort and faster than inside. A rolly polly power boat as posted a very different story. I owned a boat like that and did outside legs now and then but was very careful with weather and was experienced at running inlets and had local knowledge all not present as best I can tell on part of OP.
I have heard of problems and flew on rescues there...but I never have had a problem myself...guess either judgement or skill never made either a problem.
I am a commercial captain in NJ so I have a pretty good handle on NJ inlets..they can be bad...but rarely THAT bad.
I wasn't trying to compare sailboats to power offshore..that would be silly...I meant running inlets where they exhibit similar tendencies...maybe the sailboats a little worse off due to draft and waiting for bridges in a case or two.
But the real proof is that the vast majority of cruisers recommend NOT taking the NJ ICW due to shoaling and thousands run it offshore and negotiate the inlets just fine.