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Dismal pretty but watch out

Dismal swamp is beautiful but we hit logs twice with a 4.5 foot draft sailboat.

I'd take the other route, and make sure you know what you're doing before you go offshore and run for it. The lows that come spinning off Hatteras are no joke.

Getting back into the ICW becomes next to impossible if you've got a following sea in many spots. If you can't get in before the weather gets really nasty you can be stuck offshore.

Had a buddy who was was stuck for 24 hours in 15-20 foot seas running south off of Georgia and Florida. They were between inlets when the storm rolled in and by the time they reached the next inlet it was too big to enter the cut.

Have a good trip.
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Just got a PM from someone who no longer posts saying the Oregon Inlet has really shoaled in beneath the bridge, possibly as little as 3 feet of water in the channel now. He asked that I post this information so that sailboaters didn't try to navigate the inlet and get into trouble.

The next thing I did was made a telephone call to a friend who runs a charter fishing boat out of Oregon Inlet. He said yes, the channel beneath the bridge has not been maintained, it has been shoaling in for years, but he still managed to get his 55-foot Hatteras through at high tide without touching bottom. I haven't been through the inlet in the past 4 years because every time I'm in that area the wind's howling, the surf's crashing in the inlet, and no one can run the inlet, which is nothing more than a ditch through the surf.

I DO NOT recommend anyone trying to run their sailboat through Oregon or Hatteras inlets--both are real nasty, even during the best weather. And, as I posted earlier, unless you really know what you are doing, stick with the protected waters of the ICW if you're serious about going south. Yes, you'll be motoring most of the time, and yes, you will be going slow, but if you want fast you shouldn't have become a sailor.

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