trip to Manasquan Inlet was 53 miles. However, we were a little leery about moving through the shallow passage 45 minutes after low tide! Tom on mv/Annie left about 6:45 am and he read depths for us as he motored out. Nope...we decided to wait until 7:30 am so we have more water under our keel! Wish us luck at that time!! Oh, it's only mud or sand so if we do get hung up, all we have to do is wait for more water to flow into our skinny passage. I wish I took pictures to show everyone how close we were to the marshes. Chuck said he could 'spit' on shore, that's how close we were. We were leading, so I called out depths to Whisper. We made it through to the Absecon River without touching bottom but Whisper found land! LOL David was off and moving again and soon following us out the river into the ocean. It's a good thing the ocean is pretty flat today and since the tide is coming in with no opposing winds we had a rather smooth exit. This inlet could get really bumpy if the conditions were right!
|light on the Absecon River|
|look at the ocean surface!|
Rita called for slips in the inlet at Hoffman's Marina. We were planning on anchoring, but we found out from TowBoat US that they are doing some major dredging up the Manasquan River and they have equipment everywhere....no anchoring allowed! We had to check in and register at the fuel docks and then they will assign us a dock on the other side of the RR Bascule bridge. We quickly found out that this is not a river to try to anchor in. It flows up to 4 kts and is crazy. When we pulled into the fuel dock, the dockhand told Chuck to motor the bow right up to the end of the dock. He threw me one of there attached lines and our boat just stayed within a few inches of their dock!! Once fueled up and registered, we have two major
This marina has one good thing going for them. They've remodeled their restrooms and shower facilities. The shower is to die for. Almost as good as the showers at River Dunes Marina, NC. This shower has a huge 'sunflower head' attached to the ceiling. Wow, was it nice...and hot. A perfect way to end two days on the water and get ready for dinner at the Union Landing. We didn't have to walk very far because this restaurant is next to the marina grounds. What a busy place both inside and out....Hopefully all is quiet for tonight!!