Also....when you reach the end of the East River, bear left and duck behind governors island through buttermilk channel to get into the hudson
river, you'll find less traffic there. Keep to the right in buttermilk channel and then stay left in the hudson
, NY, side as you head
for the Verrazano bridge, you should miss most of the ferry
traffic this way. Try to time your passage
through hells gate at slack and then carry the ebb tide out the Hudson to Sandy Hook if you cross over watch the shipping
and get clear of the deep water
channel asap. Timing the East River is critical as I'm sure you've read. The capri
marina in Manhasset bay is a pretty easy in and out if you need to re-fuel and wait for a fair tide.
I'll usually stand off the NJ coast about 2 to 3 miles in about 60 ft of water. On a clear day, you'll see all the sea buoys, Shrewbury rocks, Shark River, Manasquan and then Barnaget. I would not! attempt to enter barnaget at night, if you've never been there. So try to time your arrival in daylight at high water slack.
What are your plans once you get to Barnegat? If you cross the Barnagat bay and proceed up the Forked River, there are several good marinas
, and the Captains Inn.
The Captains Inn has nice slips for rent that come with a key to the showers.
I sailed a Bristol 29 on Barnegat Bay for several years, Loved that boat!