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Old 10-09-2019, 11:39 PM
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Hi Guys,

In a few weeks I am going to be moving a boat from Greenport to Bay Shore that draws 3' of water. I am thinking about staying inland however I am concerned running through Moriches Bay since I haven't gone through there in several years.

Is Moriches Bay currently well marked and should I be concerned traveling through it?

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Old 10-10-2019, 01:50 AM
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Should not be an issue.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:41 AM
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Originally Posted by PatrickPresti View Post
Hi Guys,

In a few weeks I am going to be moving a boat from Greenport to Bay Shore that draws 3' of water. I am thinking about staying inland however I am concerned running through Moriches Bay since I haven't gone through there in several years.

Is Moriches Bay currently well marked and should I be concerned traveling through it?

Thanks,

Pat
The channel was dredged last winter and should still be pretty good. You may want to call the local SeaTow or BoatUS to see if they have any transit advice.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:42 AM
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The channel was dredged last winter and should still be pretty good. You may want to call the local SeaTow or BoatUS to see if they have any transit advice.
Thanks for the information. I know they dredged the inlet and channel this year. The only reason I asked is because the most current chart is from 2018 and it still shows the danger buoys to the section of channel just north of the inlet.

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I've run from the CG station West about a month ago and it was in good shape and properly buoyed. I haven't run east to Westhampton, but I've been told that's fine too. But sometimes a little local advice, like, "keep real tight to buoy XX until you're past YY" can go a long way.
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Originally Posted by PatrickPresti View Post
Thanks for the information. I know they dredged the inlet and channel this year. The only reason I asked is because the most current chart is from 2018 and it still shows the danger buoys to the section of channel just north of the inlet.

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chart is a reference point. in areas where USACE maintains buoys, id probably rely on the buoys more than the chart... and i'd also use visual observation of the water etc to look for shallows. there was a big thread on moriches. search for it.

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I would run outside personally unless your boat or the weather does not allow it. Less stress and a nice ride along the beach.
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Theres no problem navigating the channel since last years dredging. The buoys are tight and an easy read. Most pucker points are still at least 5 feet of water. I've been through that area 50 times this summer.
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:47 PM
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Low tide you wont have a problem with a airboat lol. Go at high hide and pay attention it will wont be a issue.
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Old 10-11-2019, 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Avid 24 View Post
I would run outside personally unless your boat or the weather does not allow it. Less stress and a nice ride along the beach.
Normally I would run the boat outside but since it's a new used boat, I would rather keep her inland until I shake her down for a little bit...
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Old 10-11-2019, 03:51 AM
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Aim for higher tide when you are running between Hampton bays through Westhampton and should be fine.
Be aware the buoys flip after ponquogue bridge and it's GREEN, right, return instead of red, right, return. Not sure where it switches back, something to do with intra coastal.
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Great advice given out, good luck with your trip. Let us know how it goes. If you do run the ocean be aware of large ground swells from offshore storms that can occur this time of year. An ebb tide with a large swell will make the inlets hazardous.
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Old 10-15-2019, 12:43 PM
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Right now, the inlet is much more hazardous than an inland trip. Sandbars on the ocean side are causing large breakers on outgoing tides. At low tide out in front, wave troughs can be 2'-3' water depth.
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:12 PM
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I rode in Moriches Bay and through the inlet today -- a beautiful, very calm day. There are plenty of shallow spots within the channel markers. The eastern exit/entrance to the inlet is particularly narrow. You have to pass very close to the southern tip of the eastern jetty to stay in deep water. Breakers are to your south. Breakers run across the entire mouth of the inlet a few hundred yards south of the entrance, with water ranging from about 4 to 9 feet. The western side of the inlet has deep water till you get outside then immediately turn west and look for a passage through the breakers. Today was one of the nicest days I've been through. I can only imagine how it will be tomorrow when the storm arrives. Inside the bay I'd be very very careful and run it only mid tide or higher.
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