Monday, April 20, 2015

Welcome to BoatingInJersey.com

Oldie but goodie! Lake Hopatcong is home to classics of yesteryear. Here is a 1913 Matthews. Photo by Charlie Zusman.

Elegant, one-of-a-kind A Cats racing on Barnegat Bay.
Photo by Charlie Zusman
New Jersey is an island. Well, almost. Surrounded by water from the Delaware River,
around Cape May, and up the shore to the Hudson River, the coastline is a prime spot for recreation boating. Also, there are sizeable lakes, rivers, reservoirs and smaller lakes.

The Garden State boasts a unique mix of boating — classic sailing and powerboats,  sleek racing sailboats,  active racing programs, Jet-Skis (more properly known generically as personal watercraft), fishing boats small and large. Kayaks are ever popular and growing more so.

The state is a nautical crossroads, with boaters heading from points south to points north, and vice versa. Skippers and crews have stories to tell, so we can all share in their adventures, and even misadventures.

This blog will serve as a central point of reference for New Jersey boaters, and those who would like to be boaters. On the theory that waterfront activities in general are of interest to boaters, we will include such items from New Jersey and neighboring states.

A feature article will lead the blog, to be change periodically, but each will be archived for future reference. A calendar feature will list activities, including the many sailing regattas throughout the season. Book review will steer boaters to stories of boats and the sea to pass the time on winter evenings.

Much of the subject matter will be shaped by my experience reporting on sailing, and then boating in general, for 17 years at The Star-Ledger.

Please read, and please offer your comments, and tips on events in your homewaters for inclusion in the calendar.

--Thanks, Charlie Zusman

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