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Regarding Chincoteague, the channel does move from year to year - no question. However, the Coast Guard has a large station and a buoy tender in Chincoteague and the markers are plentiful on-station. There is a feet of fishing trawlers that go in and out, and in speaking with the Dock Master, he assured me that some draw 12 feet and manage.
Getting to the town dock is easy, up to 9-foot draft. Getting to the gas dock is not if you draw over 4 feet; go at high tide, which should give you another 4 feet.
There are three books that detail this approach: Circumnavigating the Delmarva - A Guide for the Shoal Draft Sailor is a story and a guide book, covering all of the required detail and providing internet citations for the rest; Eastern Shore, Western Wind is a well written story and picture book that gives an excellent feel for the experience, with wonderful photography; Between 2 Bays and a Sea is sort of an up-dated re-make of Eastern Shore, Western Wind and is a good read too. I believe all of these are available at Alibris: Used Books, Used Textbooks, Rare & Out-of-Print Books - that is where I found mine.
There are other inlets along the coast, usable by small sailboats and powerboats, but impractical if you draw over 4 feet. Books speak of them in more detail.