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Old 08-19-2013, 08:59 PM   #1
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Shrews Rocks anyone?

Anyone want to paddle out with me and my bud later this week? You'll need your own yak or similar. If you have a motor boat then I can get gas and snacks.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:56 AM   #2
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Anyone want to paddle out with me and my bud later this week? You'll need your own yak or similar. If you have a motor boat then I can get gas and snacks.
I would like to go. I have an 18 foot boat. We could hit some of my spots also. Call me
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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Re: Shrews Rocks anyone?

How deep are the shrewsbury rocks? And how far of a paddle? This reminds me I need to make some new anchor line.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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Re: Shrews Rocks anyone?

It varies in depth. The paddle isn't too far.

I just changed out my 1/4" nylon anchor line for 100' of paracord. Tethering the yaks and drifting is an option too.
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How deep are the shrewsbury rocks? And how far of a paddle?
15'-40', distance? depends where you launch from. If you're launching at SB, 1/2 mile, if you're launching at MB, 1/4 mile give or take, but I still have to paddle atleast 1/2 mile to get to where I like to dive. Crack a chart and check the distances to spots you want to try...the Shrews Rocs covers quite a large area.
And be wary of the currents out there..it may look flat and calm, but it can rip out there. Be careful anchoring and have plenty of anchorline with a decently heavy anchor. I use an 11lb claw and usually attach a spare 4lb dive weight to hold the kayaks in place when we link them together.

I'd join you but I separated my shoulder in July and have been on the mend...paddling is out for the moment.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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15'-40', distance? depends where you launch from. If you're launching at SB, 1/2 mile, if you're launching at MB, 1/4 mile give or take, but I still have to paddle atleast 1/2 mile to get to where I like to dive. Crack a chart and check the distances to spots you want to try...the Shrews Rocs covers quite a large area.
And be wary of the currents out there..it may look flat and calm, but it can rip out there. Be careful anchoring and have plenty of anchorline with a decently heavy anchor. I use an 11lb claw and usually attach a spare 4lb dive weight to hold the kayaks in place when we link them together.

I'd join you but I separated my shoulder in July and have been on the mend...paddling is out for the moment.
Thanks for the info. Hope the shoulder mends quickly.

When you anchor two yaks you add the 4lb weight to the anchor? And if just one yak you use just the anchor?
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:48 PM   #7
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Re: Shrews Rocks anyone?

What kind of kayaks do you guys have? I'm assuming SOTs?
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:24 PM   #8
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Yup, I have an OK tandem.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:20 PM   #9
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Re: Shrews Rocks anyone?

Play it safe the first time and get a feel for it. Make sure your head is on a swivel for boat traffic and you don't range to far from the yak if your anchored up. Gun/paddle straight up and waving also helps make you more visible in the water or on the yak if you start getting nervous about a boat. It helps to keep an eye on the tides/moonphase when planning your yak attack to minimize current. Like fishfood said the current can rip and it's a huge area for a yak so you really have to pick where you want to go before you head out.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:25 PM   #10
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Play it safe the first time and get a feel for it. Make sure your head is on a swivel for boat traffic and you don't range to far from the yak if your anchored up. Gun/paddle straight up and waving also helps make you more visible in the water or on the yak if you start getting nervous about a boat. It helps to keep an eye on the tides/moonphase when planning your yak attack to minimize current. Like fishfood said the current can rip and it's a huge area for a yak so you really have to pick where you want to go before you head out.
Thanks, good advice. I hadn't considered moonphases so I found these tidal current predictions for Sandy Hook Channel should be useful for planning a rocks trip.

I did a shore dive at mb a few weeks ago at rising tide and was surprised at how fast I was pushed north.
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Thanks for the info. Hope the shoulder mends quickly.

When you anchor two yaks you add the 4lb weight to the anchor? And if just one yak you use just the anchor?
Prettymuch...if the wind is blowing and dive flags are flapping away...I may add 6-10lbs just above the anchor shaft, for a little more insurance, to keep it in a horizontal position. Last thing you want to do is chase after your yak for a quarter mile...trust me on that one..

Mid-week are the best days to dive SR....and better yet. after labor day. As the fall progresses, boats lessen and the shooting gets better.

I dive from a yellow Ocean Kayak Prowler 15 and an orange Hobie Revolution. Will probably get back to diving with the yak after mid september...when it starts getting goooood.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:04 PM   #12
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Thanks, good advice. I hadn't considered moonphases so I found these tidal current predictions for Sandy Hook Channel should be useful for planning a rocks trip.

I did a shore dive at mb a few weeks ago at rising tide and was surprised at how fast I was pushed north.
As a general rule new/full moon tides are always pretty brutal there. Get a length of anchor chain so you don't have to carry to much extra weight on the paddle trip. With the chain you will hang up pretty good in the rubble.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:37 PM   #13
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Man than blows chasing a yak 1/4 mile. The anchor line failed?
I've been using 2' of chain with a 3lb grapple anchor and it's worked fine in slight current though I'll get something heavier like a 7lb.

Otherwise I'm set: vhf, cheap depth finder, navigation app, deck mount dive flag. Just waiting for a good day.
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:19 PM   #14
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Re: Shrews Rocks anyone?

Thinking about taking my kayak out to Shrewsbury Rocks soon. Anybody know a good spot to launch and park my car?
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Re: Shrews Rocks anyone?

I was looking around a while back for a spot to launch my inflatable and remember seeing a bunch of kayak posts on yak forums. Just google it.
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