Had a nice day out on Great Bay

Discussion in 'Pictures & Videos' started by nickdcj7, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. nickdcj7

    nickdcj7 Member

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    Jan 5, 2014
    Bass River, NJ
    1986 390 EC
    Twin 454 Mercruisers
    I took the wife, kids, and in-laws down to the mouth of great bay to check out the sand bar and Holgate beach. Other than a slow, wet ride back across the bay, everyone had a great time.

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  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Nick, that looks like a nice area but I have a question for you. You give your location as "United States". Your boat is licensed in NJ. Where is Great Bay, and why be so vague? We all enjoy looking at pictures and hearing about trips, but we also like to know where the boating locations are in case we ever want to take our boat there.

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  3. nickdcj7

    nickdcj7 Member

    233
    Jan 5, 2014
    Bass River, NJ
    1986 390 EC
    Twin 454 Mercruisers
    I wasn't attempting to be vague, and it's no secret. Great Bay is in NJ, about half way between Atlantic City and Toms River. I keep my boat at Viking Yachting Center on Bass River. It's about 6 miles from the marina to the mouth of the bay, and another 6 or 7 miles across the bay to where the pictures were taken. The sand bar is just east of Fish Island, which has an old burned down fish processing factory on it. Holgate beach is on the southern tip of Long Beach Island, right on the ICW.

    from another trip.

    Fish Island:

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    boarded by the coast guard

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    Atlantic City skyline
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  4. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Love the T-Shirt!
     
  5. BritLady

    BritLady Active Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    FL West Coast
    2006 - 340 SeaRay Sundancer, Garmin 840XS GPS & Garmin 7401XS GPS
    2013 - Mercury 280 RIB Dink 8'10"
    Inboard 8.1 Horizon Mercruiser & 2015 6HP Tohatsu O/B.
    Second that!!!!! Love the pics too:)
     
  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    What did the USCG guy think of your shirt? Neither of you looks very happy. Did you pass your inspection?
     
  7. nickdcj7

    nickdcj7 Member

    233
    Jan 5, 2014
    Bass River, NJ
    1986 390 EC
    Twin 454 Mercruisers
    Ironically and despite how that picture looks, he actually said he liked the shirt, and we had no trouble at all. The USCG guys were professional and courteous, and since all my gear and paperwork were in order, we had no problems at all and passed without issue. They were a little surprised when he asked when I had last been boarded and the answer was never.
     
  8. Medin

    Medin Member

    60
    Aug 29, 2011
    Sweden, Stockholm
    2006 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 4.3 V6 MPI / Bravo III Drives
    Are the Coast Guard boarding boats without reason? In Sweden they can board the boat if they suspect that you are under influence of alcohol or driving like an idiot. But that almost never happens.
     
  9. Bucit

    Bucit New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    St. Petersburg Florida
    2005 280 Sundancer
    2004 SPD-104 Achilles w/ 8hp Yamaha
    Twin 4.3 MPI's with Alpha drives.
    Yes, they do it all the time. In Tampa Bay we have a training center so they do "safety inspections" all the time. I get boarded about once a year or so.
     
  10. nickdcj7

    nickdcj7 Member

    233
    Jan 5, 2014
    Bass River, NJ
    1986 390 EC
    Twin 454 Mercruisers
    Apparently the Coast Guard can board any boat at any time for a "safety inspection". They only check that your mandatory safety gear and paperwork is present and in order. I'm sure if you failed to produce any of the required items, or the operator "appeared" intoxicated, they would be more than happy to dig further. Now that I think about it, it's really no different than if a cop pulled you over for no reason, but apparently it's how they do it. Given the amount of stupidity I see on the water, I really don't have a problem with it.
     

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