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Re: Winter sailing months around NC, SC,

Winter is generally not too bad here in NC. Even if you only like sailing in really fair weather, there will be quite a few days you can get out. There are alot less power boats to deal with as well. Real nice places to check out all up and down the coast and lots of nice lakes and rivers as well.
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Re: Winter sailing months around NC, SC,

Surprised to see this thread, asked this question a while back. Still dreaming here, but hoping to do some sailing around Southport NC, maybe this winter. Have a catalina 22 hoping to do some pocket cruising with. In the ready mix business, and business stinks in january and february. Hopefully someday soon.
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Re: Winter sailing months around NC, SC,

Southport wouldn't be high on my list. You're basically sailing the Cape Fear River (been there, didn't enjoy it), with it's tides and shipping traffic. Oriental would be my first choice as a base to sail from. The river is wide enough you can go in any direction, close enough to other locations to reach in a day, and if you're a few hours away from base and the weather kicks up, you have options for riding it out. Most everywhere else, you'll spend most of your time sailing the same route, over and over.
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Re: Winter sailing months around NC, SC,

Very good info, thank you. I took asa 101 in Southport, loved the town. Guessing you are correct we sailed close to Baldhead Island, lotts container ships back and forth. Will focus my research more on Oriental , have read its the capital of sailing for NC.
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Very good info, thank you. I took asa 101 in Southport, loved the town. Guessing you are correct we sailed close to Baldhead Island, lotts container ships back and forth. Will focus my research more on Oriental , have read its the capital of sailing for NC.
Oriental is a very nice spot, and primo location, no question... However, during the winter months it will be VERY quiet there, at least during the week... That may be precisely what you're seeking, of course...

But if you'd prefer a bit more activity, Beaufort will offer a bit more "action", especially after dark... Even so, towns like Beaufort and Morehead City will be pretty quiet that time of the year...

Of course, anywhere you sail to that time of year will be pretty dead... Ocracoke, for example, shuts down to a considerable extent during the winter, so it might be a consideration that you'd want to return to a town of a bit more substance than Oriental after your cruising bits...

New Bern is another option, lots going on there, a very nice town... But, you're pretty far up the Neuse, and while there can still be some nice sailing to be had nearby, you're a long way from recommended destinations like Ocracoke, or Cape Lookout...
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Re: Winter sailing months around NC, SC,

Winter? What winter? Haven't been having much of one at all here in NC the last year or two.

If you're headed to NC check out Washington, NC as well.
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Re: Winter sailing months around NC, SC,

I'll agree last winter wasn't bad, but the one before that was.
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Re: Winter sailing months around NC, SC,

I singlehanded from Oriental for a year and the winter was the best sailing. Dressed for it of course but I did a lot of Oriental to Ocracoke and outside around Caped lookout then into Beaufort. Then you can turn around and do it in reverse or take the ICW cut back to Oriental. However you do it, it is a great time!
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