Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?
If you haven''t been there already give New Bern a try, on a nice weekend you the sound will be throbbing with sailboats. Unlike further out on the Pamlico sound, the depth is ample and uniform. It is once you make it out past Oriental and the intercoastal that you have to be mindful of the sandbars.
I keep my boat in New Bern - there are 3-4 marinas right in town and many more in the vicinity. Between New Bern and Oriental there should be plenty of sailing activity to keep you content. From New Bern, Oriental is a nice day sail. Once there the slip at the town wharf is quite nice and there are 2-3 good restaurants in town.