Egg harbor is not usable for most sailboats, and it is not an all-weather inlet. It is poorly marked from the sea and there are shoal spots on the approach. It shifts frequently and poorly reliable. Inside the inlet is also subject to shoals and that shifting is not reported.
The north part of egg harbor has the JFK memorial bridge which is fixed at 25 ft. There are serious currents and you're exposed to the Sea because there's no real area of refuge. The bridge to the South has a height of 65 ft but I wouldn't trust it. For all of these reasons, I have never gone into egg harbor.
And I apologize about the inreach. I didn't mean to be misleading. I communicate with the weather
router via text messaging. That's how they send me the forecast
, and we communicate when I'm offshore
is a bit bigger than mine. I have a hunter
legend 37.5, and I draw 4.5 ft and mast
height is 62 ft. I tend to be a little on the conservative side with water depth
and bridge heights.
If you're in a bind, barnegat inlet is well marked and there are plenty of places to anchor
and take a break. There's a lighthouse there we call Old Barney that is clearly visible from the sea and there's safe water
mark and clearly marked approach to the inlet. The challenge with barnegat inlet is the current
. You really have to hit barnegat inlet at slack tide or at the very least on a slight incoming tide, on the way in, and vice versa on the way out. Other than that, It's a beautiful Anchorage with some facilities and marinas
After barnegat, Jersey really heads to the North and you need to head
As a side note, I personally, do not recommend going under the Verrazano bridge into the Hudson
River and then through the East River into Long Island sound
. I did that once and it was a nightmare between the shipping
traffic, the Staten Island ferry
, the helicopters flying overhead, the Jets screaming all over, the turbulent Waters near the Ambrose channel and then timing the current
through the East River and hell's gate. There is also not many anchorages
in Long Island sound
The other thing I meant to tell you is when you come down the Delaware River stay outside of the channel. If you do that, you'll have no problems with the shipping
traffic. Once you exit the C&D canal
stay outside the red markers on the Jersey side. There is plenty of water for us sailboats just outside of the channel, especially at night. There is lots of shipping activity at night on the Delaware. You'll be a pro at light signatures by morning!