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Sea Dawg 06-09-2013 07:48 PM

Chesapeake to Ocracoke?
Any advice on shoal waters enroute? My sister is taking Catalina 27 with 4' draft and I'm wondering where the "hard" spots are going to be. Thanks in advance....

PBzeer 06-09-2013 08:06 PM

Re: Chesapeake to Ocracoke?
As in going through the Inlet?

FSMike 06-09-2013 10:37 PM

Re: Chesapeake to Ocracoke?

Originally Posted by Sea Dawg (Post 1041791)
--- My sister is taking Catalina 27 with 4' draft and I'm wondering where the "hard" spots are going to be. ...

Buy your sister a chart. Most of us men don't have as good sense as the women anyway.

Tempest 06-10-2013 05:56 AM

Re: Chesapeake to Ocracoke?
This is from memory, as it's been a few years. I recall The route/channel between between the Abermarle and Pamlico being pretty shallow and tricky. I believe it's called Roanoke channel. There were single pole channel markers, so you have to keep them lined up fore and aft. This is important since there's current and you can get pushed sideways.

Likewise the channel into Ocracoke Is. itself. I was tempted to cut the corner, until I looked at the chart. I followed the ferry in from the outer mark.

Check the most recent charts, Active Captain and get local knowledge whenever you can.

PBzeer 06-10-2013 06:02 AM

Re: Chesapeake to Ocracoke?
East side of Roanoke Island is a fairly long narrow channel. West side is usable by boats with less than 45' mast clearance.

Still waiting to find out if this is an ICW trip or open water.

daledog 06-23-2013 11:08 AM

Re: Chesapeake to Ocracoke?
Open water in a 27 catalina? Out from Norfolk around to Ocracoke would be treacherous. treacherous just getting around the shoals and then jsut as bad getting the Ocracoke inlet. This inlet changes daily. The only way I'd try it is to call the Coast Guard and ask them to lead you in. They will happily. Free. Just call. I've done it from the Sound side. I was below and the helmsman headed for the wrong buoy. We were in no mans land so I did a 180 and stopped. Call the CG and they came right out to lead me to the channel. Awesome. They did do a safety inspection after which was fine with me. Had I had one they would have been off. I had intended to get inspected but they provided it!

But yes, on the west side of Roanoke there is a 45' bridge. Otherwise that's the way to go if you fit. Nice sail from Manteo to Ocracoke. Much easier in the sound side to Ocracoke also. Just realize the channel does a u turn...go all the way in, then left in a u turn to the entrance into silver lake....

Sea Dawg 06-23-2013 07:11 PM

Re: Chesapeake to Ocracoke?
Great advice thanks. They made it to Elizabeth City so , yeah the inland route. winds been howling SSW so hoping just off enough for close reach when possible. next leg Elizabeth City to Ocracoke thru the night.

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