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Old 09-01-2015, 03:53 PM
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I still consider myself a very novice boater, and have not been out on holidays or weekends just trying to become better and safer. With that said it looks like we may be venturing out this weekend and want to know in all honesty how bad it gets out there?
I'm in Sea Bright on the Navesink and was going to be in the river and venture out to the hook bay area. I know a big issue will be my marina is a fueling station and the weekends we stayed docked doing work on the boat and boozing it up that area got hairy and it was not a holiday.
Fire away tell me what to avoid besides being in a boat for the holiday lol.

So looking forward to next weekend when the masses clear out and I can be a bit more adventurous.
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Old 09-02-2015, 06:04 AM
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:04 AM
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I've been working down inside that area steady as a tow boat operator for 16 going on 17 years.

The scenario you rue is not all that bad. Usually after 430pm or so 75% of the boat traffic is gone. It is not all that chaotic. Things have changed.

Pre- gas hike ($4/gallon) in 2005 and before there was much more boat traffic. Sandy's destruction and the diversion of boat insurance money into home repairs did not help.

So YES, there is more traffic on a holiday weekend as opposed to a weekday. But you'd worry yourself into paralysis thinking of massive carnage awaiting you.

Go out. Expect boats out there. But fearing that is unjustified.
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:41 PM
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thanks and no offense but I hope I never meet you on the water for a tow lol.
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thanks and no offense but I hope I never meet you on the water for a tow lol.
I'm going to go the other way....if I ever need a tow, I hope it's Capt. Frank at the helm of the tow boat.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:09 AM
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Thanks! I'm the guy who puts himself at risk leaving the safe dock coming out in the 7 footers to get boats who should not have even gone out. 16 years towing. 570 assistances & 20 salvages.

I know that's one 23 year old 25' Robalo I will not be able to locate.





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I'm going to go the other way....if I ever need a tow, I hope it's Capt. Frank at the helm of the tow boat.
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:33 PM
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Funny I owned yhe very same boat in 1979 when t first came out !! It was my first charter boat that caught LO salmon to Gts in Mass & canyon tuna & local Giants for 12 years I owned it !
I'm sure regardless of other boats in ur region , in the bay no issue , I wouldn't think of not going not worrying about others this is how u get expierance!
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:10 PM
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Capt Frank meant it to be hoping I never meet you on the water as in hoping I never break down lol
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Just waving hi is good. I thought you'd prefer any tow boat captain but me. NEVER MIND.

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