Stus-List Shark River Inlet, NJ

Chuck Gilchrest csgilchrest at comcast.net
Wed Sep 14 08:02:04 EDT 2016


Many years back (1975-76), I was the Brielle Police marine officer on
Manasquan River and managed traffic between the Railroad drawbridge and the
Rt 35 bridge span.  We had numerous incidents of boats being pinned sideways
on the railroad bridge by the current when they wouldn't allow sufficient
room to turn around as the bridge was closing.  As mentioned, the bridge
stays open for the most part, but there's no set time that the bridge closes
to marine traffic since it is subject to the rail schedule as opposed to a
specific "minutes before or after the hour".  It was also common for boats
to run aground just east of the rail bridge if they tried to cut the channel
markers on the wrong side..

All told, it was still a fun summer job during college years..

Chuck Gilchrest

S/V Half Magic

1983 35 LF

Padanaram, MA

 

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Subject: Re: Stus-List Shark River Inlet, NJ

 

I live a mile from the manasquan inlet and have sailed in and out of it for
the last 35 yrs. Its no problem on most tides, deeper towards the north
jetty. There is a cove just inside the inlet that is safe anchorage. In past
the railway bridge the rt 35 bridge opens on schedule 15 min after and
before the hour. The manasquan river is shallow out of the channel. 

As for shark river inlet. Lived here all my life, been thru it once, scares
the crap out of me. 

Manasquan River Yacht Club in just west of the 35 bridge. I am the Fleet
Captain there. If you would like to duck in overnight let me know.

Jim

Galaxy 34' 

Brielle

 

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I agree with Andy.  I never entered Shark River because I didn't believe it
had the vertical clearance.  Used Manasquan many times paying heed to go in
on slack plus or minus and hour.  Never had a problem:  RR bridge is
normally open and road bridge, while excruciatingly slow, always answered
the call.

Allen Miles

S/V Septima  30-2

Bayville, NJ those days

 

On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 11:38 AM, Andrew Burton via CnC-List
<cnc-list at cnc-list.com <mailto:cnc-list at cnc-list.com> > wrote:

I've never been in the Shark River. I've always used Manasquan because it's
easier and safer. You're right about the currents, but they do run parallel
to the docks there. 

Andy

C&C 40

Peregrine

 

On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 10:33 AM, Ryan Doyle via CnC-List
<cnc-list at cnc-list.com <mailto:cnc-list at cnc-list.com> > wrote:

Hey all,  

 

Wondering if anyone here has transited the Shark River Inlet in NJ recently.
I'm planning to overnight there on a trip up the coast in a couple weeks.  

 

Having transited the Manasquan inlet and river I know the currents rip
through there and can be absolutely terrifying... especially in a sailboat
when they're running full strength in a narrow channel and pushing you
towards a closed drawbridge - not that that happened to me...  ;)

 

Anyone know if this is the case with Shark River?

 

Thanks,

Ryan

1976 30-1

 

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