I’ve used my Old Town Loon on Barnegat Bay, the Shewsbury, and the Sedge Islands. The first piece of advise, try and avoid going on the weekend. People are going nuts, and the shore, and water is just too crowded. My friend has a house on LBI, he said he wouldn’t take his boat out because it was just too crowded on the water, and there was so much traffic it was hard to get around the island.
Try to get out early, when there is less wind, and less traffic. Stay in shallower water if you can, wear bright colors to be seen, a bright color boat or paddle help too. Most people are cool, but there is always the yahoo that wants to give you some waves to play in, if you want them or not. Where are you planning to paddle? How our you planning to get out on to the ocean? I’ve never been in the ocean, but has seen people paddling in all types of craft. And it goes without saying - ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!