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courish 11-04-2013 09:10 PM

North from Charleston
Hi There,
I have been reading for a long time but this is actually my first post. I am very close to purchasing an Endeavour 42 in Charleston and will need to bring it back to Nova Scotia. I won't be able to start the trip until it warms up enough in the spring.

Any advice from the experienced on the trip. Inside versus outside? How early is pratical based on temperatue and weather. All advice is welcome:)

PBzeer 11-05-2013 12:43 AM

Re: North from Charleston
You need to add a bit more info about your plans. For instance, will you have crew, your time frame for the trip, your level of experience? Is your only interest in moving the boat, or is it to be pleasure as well as business?

Yorksailor 11-05-2013 06:59 AM

Re: North from Charleston
There are three option after you have reached Beaufort:

In the ICW to the Chesapeake
Sneak around Hatteras inshore on the red markers 5 miles off-shore
Go off-shore out to the Gulf Stream and ride it on north to Halifax

The first two options then allow a lovely tour of the East Coast...New York, Boston, Baltimore Annapolis and Maine.

It all depends on the boat, mast height, skipper, crew, time available and the weather. I have done all three without problems.

MarioG 11-05-2013 07:56 AM

Re: North from Charleston
Congrats on the new boat. I also bought an Endeavour in Charleston 3 yrs back. Hope you enjoy yours as much as we have ours.
I would say look to the end of March early April and you will see a lot of boats making their migration north as well, me included. Traveling the ICW up will give you the chance to learn your boat. You will be in both channels and open water to sail along the way. There is also a lot of nice places to stop and check out, and many places to drop anchor when you get tired.

courish 11-05-2013 03:21 PM

Re: North from Charleston
Thanks for your thoughts. I did look at annual average temperatures and perhaps late March/early April makes more sense. I'd like to do some of the ICW as I've not seen it before.
Any recommendations on which sections would be more interesting versus long hours of nothingness

PBzeer 11-05-2013 04:02 PM

Re: North from Charleston
Not sure why you didn't add the extra info, but here's a recommendation for a leisurely trip north.

Leave Charleston on the ICW (as said above mid-March to April) to Wrightsville Beach (4 days). This includes the Wacamaw River (most beautiful) and Myrtle Beach (ugliest) sections. Weather permitting and you want to try an overnight, go out the Little River Inlet (just north of Myrtle Beach) up to the Beaufort Inlet. Otherwise ...

Go out the Masonboro Inlet for a long day (weather permitting) to Beaufort Inlet (alternate, anchor in the Cape Lookout Bight)

Back to the ICW through NC. You can be to the Chesapeake Bay in 6 days. Dismal Canal route is more scenic and fewer power boats, with two locks to go through, or the Virginia Cut with only one lock but skinnier water in first part, north out of NC.

From the bottom of the Chesapeake, you can either head outside, or go up the Bay and then outside. Lots of places to visit on the Bay, and you can sail (as in most of NC), so how long it takes (you can also overnight on the Bay) is up to you.

I haven't been north of Annapolis, so can't really make any further recommendation based on experience.

xort 11-05-2013 08:16 PM

Re: North from Charleston
We (2 of us) have done 3 and are working on our 4th migration with our E 42. We made the inside run OK but it gets worse every year from shoaling. So we wait for good conditions and do one overnight to Beaufort. Last time we left Charleston at 5am to beat the incoming tide and made it all the way to Oriental in one overnight.
We then run inside Hatteras to Norfolk and up the Chesapeake tbru the C n D canal and out the Delaware bay.
lots of options depending on your level of skill and comfort. The boat should handle it just fine. You bought a good cruising boat

courish 11-06-2013 08:09 AM

Re: North from Charleston
Thanks all for your advice. Exactly the type of information I was hoping to get.
I have plenty of experience and a good crew. All options are viable for us. Time may be the limiting factor. I will be anxious to get the boat home but defintitely want to take advantage of some fo the cruising opportunity this trip offers.

PBzeer 11-06-2013 08:30 AM

Re: North from Charleston
Oh, and be sure you have unlimited towing insurance.

FirstCandC 11-06-2013 11:38 AM

Re: North from Charleston
Nice boat! Will your mast height work through the NC bridges? The fixed bridges claim 65 feet of clearance.
If you do come in and up through Beaufort, the Cape Lookout Bight would be a good place to anchor. Beautiful beach, and there is also Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island with their beaches and wild horses. There is also dockage in Beaufort and Morehead City. Beaufort is a nice older town, that is well worth walking and shopping through.
If you have a lot of extra time (although you said that you didn't), New Bern and Edenton are each a few hours off the ICW by sail. Beautiful old towns. New Bern has a free day dock, but I don't know the depth there. There are marinas with transient dockage close to the historical district. Edenton has free 48 hour dockage protected by a seawall, also right in the historical district. Oriental and Elizabeth City are also cruiser friendly, and are not out of the way.
You should only have to run the motor for three stretches on the NC ICW, if you hit the weather right.
Lots of good info on the ICW on Cruiser's Net

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