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Re: North from Charleston

Mast height is 62 feet. Might be wise to watch the tides
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Re: North from Charleston

I just did a similar trip this past year, also in April. We went ICW from Charleston (left nice and early from Patriot's Point around 0530) and up to Georgetown in one day. We enjoyed two days there before we left up to Little River (Myrtle Beach) - also took a day of motoring.

We went outside at Myrtle Beach, and cut through Frying Pan Shoals through the 12NM Frying Pan Shoals Slue - no issues there, its well marked - and kept on through the night to Morehead City in the morning. We watched beautiful thunderstorms track out to sea while we stayed nice and dry. After a few days there, we kept on going.

I'd recommend going outside as much as possible - the ICW wasn't the most entertaining part of the trip, especially since a sailboat is just a slow powerboat then. There were a few places heading up to Georgetown and on the Waccamaw River where we were able to use our jib to motorsail for a little bit.

I don't recommend heading around Cape Hatteras without knowing your level of experience. Going around NC on the outside can become dangerous quick - the type of storm that would drive you inside on short notice will close all of the inlets anyway.

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Re: North from Charleston

Thanks again for your advice and recommendations. I think I will enjoy developing my passage plan in the dark cold of a Canadian winter.
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Air draft has not been a problem with our E42. Depths can be an issue as there is a lot of shoaling.
Cruisersnet.net has good up to date reports from reliable sources.

We always try to do the straight run from Charleston to Beaufort.
The next area that poses issues is running down Delaware bay. Northbound you cannot beat the tide no matter your timing. And you will have to go outside at Cape May. Often you have winds blowing in from the east making it a nasty ride. If that happens consider ducking in at Cape Henlopen and then crossing the mouth of the bay the next day. The NJ coast is not great either.
Good luck. Send pm if I can help with the trip or with the E42
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xort,

Thanks for the kind offer. I wouldn't mind getting some feedback on your experience and thoughts on the E42. I can't PM as I am a rookie here.
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Re: North from Charleston

Xort,
How long does it usually take to make the Charleston to Beaufort run?
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He's made it in one overnight (all the way up to Oriental). I've also done it in one overnight, though I stopped at Beaufort.
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Re: North from Charleston

So back to PBzeer's point about towing insurance. Not something we deal with in Nova Scotia but sounds like a necessary investment when the ICW is in play.

Is one better that another or are they all pretty much the same? Any idea how much this would cost me?
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Re: North from Charleston

All it takes is one call, and without the insurance you are probably talking around $500 minimum. Plus, with the TowBoatUS, the membership gets you fuel, dockage, and parts discounts at many places.

I'm not currently active, but I'm pretty sure you're looking at under $150 for the unlimited, which is the only one worth the money.
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