Originally Posted by PMF1984
As for the Manasquan inlet entrance I would think its not friendly if the tide is going out and the wind is southeast.re a little and get too much information, and sometimes it does become TMI. So it's best to quash my male qualities sometimes and ask for directions.
The issue with places like Manasquan (and it is one of the more dangerous) is that you an arrive to find that a large, long, high energy swell totally unrelated to anything you'll learn from a weather report has come on from a disturbance far out at sea. It is impossible to judge the state of the seas over the bar from the outside. You arrive tired and anxious to get off the water and out of the motion and your judgement may not be all it should be. You go for it and find yourself in breaking seas.
Some boats are better than others handling these kind of conditions. As a naval architect, I can think of few I would less want to take in through a breaking inlet than a Pilgrim.
I've done the inside NJ route northbound (going out of a place like Manasquan is a completely different proposition. You are fresh, you have more choice, and you can see what is happening before you get into it. A boat will also punch into a breaking sea with less risk than running before it). The inside NJ can be done with 4 foot draft but I was glad I had a lot of experience with the skinny water of the ICW before I did it. It is a great and interesting trip, especially right through the back neighborhoods of Atlantic City.