That's great info! Thank you so much.
I was actually thinking about sailing around to new bern, oriental and okracoke then motoring down the icw instead of sailing down to beaufort, wilmington, and then to charleston. I really wanted to sail the charleston harbor and I have a good friend to stay with down there. Is the ICW to charleston a pleasant trip? Given my skill level, I didn't really want to risk traveling off shore. I figured it's to dangerous.