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Re: Oriental to Ocracoke
Use the one the ferry uses. Is that big foot? I've done it a gazillion times but I don't ever use the name. Very good advice about the markers. Many people feel as if they are coming in from sea when crossing there and put the Reds on their right. I've seen boats aground at least twice, but they were outside the channel on the side of the greens.
Try to travel early in the day to avoid thunderstorms. Don't be afraid to pull well off the rhumb lines and drop an anchor if it's a nasty electrical storm. Consider securite on 13/16 if you do, and all the better if you have AIS or radar reflector, and a horn. Don't worry about all that, just food for thought as far as preparedness.
Not sure what to expect in Silver Lake, you just never know. Hopefully there will be some cool people in the anchorage and you can stack up some boats and there won't be any silliness. Best to not be off the boat if there is a severe thunderstorm, do you have a big fortress or a danforth? It's a good idea to put or have one ready to go out for thunderstorms, which can have 50 knot winds easily when it's hot and unstable.
Ocracoke is awesome. I like it best off season but have been there all times of year, including lots in winter when I've never seen another boat in the anchorage. When temps have dipped into twenties. Brutal on the water.
I've only stayed at the park service docks as far as marinas. I've landed my dink there some too, but over the years, I've wished Silver Lake had a proper dinghy dock. I haven't sailed out there in two seasons, maybe they have one now.
Silver Lake is a good place to consider some affordable moorings. Maybe the park service could have some and you could use their bathrooms. Super affordable option, storm proof, maximize space in the harbor there, and offer some basic services. I think it would be a real asset and it takes the stress out of newbs anchoring around you with storms possible, or just issues with varying rode types, hull shapes/behavior, or whatever. And fit way more boats. In Annapolis in a severe thunderstorm, everyone is hanging out on deck watching the show come in or below having cocktails. In Silver Lake,,everyone has their engines running, another anchor at the ready, and the cocktail program suboptimal. Having some regularly maintained storm rated moorings would make Silver Lake badass. $10 for mooring. $5 for bathrooms. Could the park do this?
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