Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?
I would spend all 5 days on Pamlico sound. There is a great little marina with a ramp in Hortonville, just a few miles east of Oriental. Great place. You can launch your boat there and leave you vehicle for next to nothing. Marina has showers and a kitchen. From there you can go to Outer Banks and out to the ocean if you so desire. Good sailing, lots of interesting places. Forget going to Florida - way too far for such a short period.
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