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Sailing Near Ocracoke
I''m not a regular in that area, altho'' we''ve visited it numerous times, so please take that into account with the following...
Mentioning Ocracoke and asking about Pamlico Sound are two different ballgames, IMO. The area adjacent to Ocracoke, including Silver Lake and the National Park docks area, is relatively safe because the nearby waters offer more protection and distances are short. The same can be said for tributaries off Pamlico Sound. But ''The Sound'' as a whole seems to get a wide, wild range of weather conditions and much of its open waters can be quite challenging for even bigger boats.
Be sure you have a NOAA wx radio available to you, and even so pay attention to the current conditions and what you hear from the locals. On that kind of boat, try alongshore and protected waters sailing initially, see how you feel about it and how the weather holds, and venture a bit further as confidence and conditions encourage you.