The boat basin is a good place. Chelsea Peirs is a quarter mile from there and it gets pretty freakin' rough over there. If you in NYC and you want to go for a nice ocean ride you can head to Patty Mcgee's in Long Beach. Its a nice 30-45 minute cruise at at 75mph. You could just as easily head to freeport ( The Nautical Mile ) for an over night stay on the boat. Slips are very protected and its a very good party scene on the weekends. Fire Island is always a nice run through the state channel. In your case you would go past long beach, past jones inlet by around 30 minutes and connect to the state channel. Fire island will be only a few minutes from there. That'd be around a 2 hour ride ( 90% offshore ). NJ is not far away either although not sure of the spots.