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    My wifeís parents changed apartments in New Jersey at the end of July, so we took my dadís truck and utility trailer up to help them move. I havenít been sailing yet this year since the arrival of my first child in April, so this seemed like a good opportunity to also bring my sailboat and explore new waters while I had free child care with the in-laws. Plus Steve, a friend of mine who helped me fiberglass my boat lives in the area. He built a Michalak Mayfly 14 and rides bikes crazy distances, so I figured heíd be up for a long day of sailing. I had envisioned a 40 mile trip down Barnegate Bay, but the weather wasnít conducive on the day he had off. Instead, he suggested the protected Shrewsbury River just under Sandy Hook which turned into a fun sightseeing day.



    But first, I had to get two trailers to New Jersey. I used a pair of car ramps and a set of two and two blocks to pull the boat onto the utility trailer. I really wanted to weld a hitch receiver onto the utility trailer and double tow, but from my brief research I think it would only be legal through Maryland.



    Ready for the big adventure! I made a homemade wiring splitter so all four trailer lights work. I also bought a cheapish boat cover from Covercraft which is working well. The inside got pretty dirty from road grime after our trip to Cape Lookout last year so I figured this would help keep it clean. I was a bit worried it would flap itself apart at 70mph, but the straps do a good job of keeping everything tight. It does take a bit of time to get set up, but it also reduces rigging time since I can leave some stuff ready to go.



    Hereís our track for the day. We launched from Parkers Creek and tacked our way out against the current to a group of undeveloped islands in the Shrewsbury River. After eating a sandwich we rounded the islands and came back in on a run. It was a misty day and towards the end there wasnít much wind. We did 13 miles with an average of about 3.5mph.



    Apparently in New Jersey youíve got public, municipal, state, and federal boat ramps all with different fees and permits. Iím used to sticking $5 in a metal box nailed to a piling. Anyway, the ramp at Dominick F. Santelle Park is free but it doesnít seem set up that well. Parking is fine, but thereís a large gap between the ramp and the floating dock so Iím not sure how you get the boat over to it without getting wet. Fortunately Steve figured it out while I parked the truck.



    Heading down Parkers Creek. Iíve never seen such spindly daymarks. Iím not sure if theyíre private or if the Coast Guard puts them in, but I saw similar ones on other creeks.



    Eventually we tacked our way out under the Seven Bridges Road. It was misting pretty good which didnít bother either of us, although Iím pretty sure that just cemented my in-laws belief that we're crazy.

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    Up where the river widened we came across a gaggle of Optimist and Club 420ís out racing from the Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club.



    Even in the widest part of the river the waves were pretty tame. Spray came aboard a few times, but nothing major.



    More mist moved in and I could barely make out the bridge we passed.



    Cutting close to a sewage treatment plant. Donít want to fall in around here!



    After two hours we made it to a small beach on one of the islands for a bite to eat.

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    There are Seagull fans hiding around here

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    Hah, my wife has decreed I need a motor with me and I didn't think my electric trolling motor setup I've been working on was quite ready for prime time. Turns out, the Seagull wouldn't start and the trolling motor ended up working great.

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    What a lovely day in a small boat on some lovely water. The Atlantic coast sure looks magical for little trailable sail and oar boats. Thanks for the write-up. It helps get me out into the shop when my little project gets bogged down in too much other shtuff to do instead.
    Dreaming of sailing in Iowa, building a Carnell Nutmeg.

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    Thanks for sharing.
    I once thought I was wrong, but I was wrong, I wasn't wrong.

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    I lived in southern New Jersey for almost two years, with an apartment right on the water of one the many thousands of marshy back bays. And I didn't have a boat at the time (actually, that was before I knew anything at all, really, about small boats, and how capable they are of taking you on adventures). Arrgh!

    Oh, well. Thanks for posting!

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    Thanks, Jeff. We need more posts about small adventures like these.

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    Great boat, story and pictures, thanks!

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    Thanks all for the comments!

    Neil, there really is a lot to explore on the East Coast. I've had the boat down to the Outer Banks in North Carolina a few times and I've spent quite a few enjoyable evenings in Google Earth daydreaming about new locations and working out mileage.

    Tom, what a missed opportunity! I bet you could spend a lifetime exploring all the little bays and cuts through the marsh. I'd like to eventually sail my way down to Cape May.



    Looking back from where we came.



    Looking over toward the town of Monmouth Beach.



    After setting off again we cut through the channel between Gunning and Sedge Islands. Along the way we saw a pod of dolphins in the distance. I donít know what they were doing, but one of them would hover half out of the water and another jumped completely clear. Eventually they made their way closer to us, probably 20′ away!



    After looking us over they steamed off.

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    Iím glad thereís still a little bit of nature around in such a built up area.



    Heading downwind for the first time today. This is the town of Sea Bright, a pretty affluent place. Steve and I had a good conversation about whether or not people with 1000hp on the back of their boats have as much fun as we were having.



    Heading around more of the marshy islands.



    We cut across the river to nowhere in particular and eventually made it back to the bridge.



    Then a slow run back to the ramp. All in all it was a great day. Lately Iíve been fairly obsessed with 30-40 mile trips and it was good to get out on a shorter sight seeing trip with someone else.

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    A few days later the weather looked like I might be able to do a 40 mile trip down Barnegate Bay with a side diversion through some marshy islands over to the inlet to see the lighthouse. Then Iíd continue on down most of the length of LBI to a public ramp in the marsh above Great Bay. Due to light wind at the start, getting lost in the marshy islands, and relying on my father in law for transportation I decided to call it quits around 3:30pm and head for Leamings Marina as one of my bailout points. I did 29.2 miles in 9 hours 10 minutes with an average speed of 3.2 mph and a max of 7.3 mph.



    I launched at the Traders Cove municipal ramp right at the foot of the bridge to Mantoloking for the cool sum of $20. Just after I left two guys and a support boat set out on a swim. I wonder if they had to pay the launch fee.



    The wind was pretty light and I made 1-2 mph. The swimmers gradually splashed their way out of sight!



    Then the wind got even lighter and I drifted along at .5-1 mph.



    About halfway to the bridge to Seaside Heights I came across an abandoned house on Middle Sedge Island. In 2015 it was put up for sale for 6.5 million. I think itíd be a pretty cool place to live for about three days before the bugs, screeching seagulls, and bird poop got to be a bit much. Unfortunately it was damaged in Hurricane Sandy and it doesn't look like much has been done to it since.


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    You were right by Beaton’s where Sjogin lives.

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    Steve and I had a good conversation about whether or not people with 1000hp on the back of their boats have as much fun as we were having.
    They are not! I am morally sure of it.

    Great to see all that nature. I wonder what fraction of Garden State residents know those dolphins are right there, ready to show off for anyone with a small quiet boat. I personally would never have guessed!

    Thanks for the write-up!

    - James

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