haha, your friend is me, bob, I posted on here about it. For our size boats, we just hug the southern tip of LBI and shoot straight up. Was just talking to my Dad and we can't remember the last time we actually went through the channel out to "Bell Buoy".
The sail in Barnegat Bay seems easy enough, it's getting to the causeway bridge that seems like a boring motor or a very tricky sail in the water way. If I did come up, the plan would be to motor back home so don't want to basically motor 3/4 of the 40+ mile trip. I first need to figure how to actually rig the boat and step the mast.