Originally Posted by woodscrew
Has anyone run the section of the NJ ICW between Cape May and Atlantic City recently? I am anchored up in Brigantine just on the north side of Absecon (AtlanticCity) inlet tonight. Am debating wether to run down the inside to Cape May tomorrow. My only real concern is the shallow areas behind Ocean City. I draw 4’6” with a big skeg and shoe protecting rudder and prop. Not afraid to bump and grind a little. Why do it you may ask? Passenger comfort. Happy wife etc. Gonna stick our nose out the inlet in the morning and see if it has calmed down after all the northeast winds recently. Thanks in advance.
I've done the inside run between BI and AC many times, due to weather conditions. When the tide was not in favor, few years ago, I've witnessed a police boat getting stuck in the middle of the channel. So, watching the tides is very important.
The stretch between AC and CM requires the same approach. Avoid if possible. But if you have to go inside, time the tides well and you should have just enough water for your draft.
With protected running gear, you have some room for error. For the rest of us with exposed wheels, waiting out for better conditions is always another option. I try using NJ ICW as the last resort. The stretch between Manasquan Inlet to Toms River is not a picnic either. My depth alarm goes off every few minutes on that leg.