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Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

A few friends and I chartered a boat in Oriental three consecutive summers in the mid-90's. We hit most of the places you've mentioned (and I lived in New Bern at the time.) Spent two nights in Ocracoke because the boat caught fire when we tried to leave the first time.

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Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

If you log on in the am -

Oriental - Sunday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between noon and 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Orcacoke - Sunday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
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Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

Had a good days sail from Orieta to Ocracoke. Started trying to broad reach but ended up wing on wing for a while which gave me a chance to break out the whisker pole. Then fought the wind for a while doing 1.8 for too long before firing up the motor. Then after a wind shift got to do some beam reaching which wasn't great fun with the little waves bouncing around, but then got to go close hauled which was fun and my fastest point of sail. Ended up in Ocracoke with plenty of time to anchor and go grab dinner at Howard's. Good day.
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Thanks for the report! What were the wind/waves like? I have always wanted to make that run!
How was the return trip?
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Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

So Monday the winds were getting pretty stiff and after sailing out of the channel from Ocracoke, I decided to take a pass on making it out that day. The seas were really choppy and I wasn't looking forward to bouncing my way through them for the rest of the day. Tuesday was more of the same and I decided to put off heading back for Wednesday morning.

Got going early but had to motor out of the channel since it was close hauled and with the shoal keel and the string winds, I made too much leeway to stay in the channel. Once I got out of the channel the wind was dead on my nose the whole day and I didn't have a lot of time to waste unfortunately so it meant a long day of motoring to get back to Oriental. The seas were again choppy outside the channel for a few miles before settling down.

Thinking about it more and comparing notes from the trip out, I think it is the case that you will almost always get choppy, chaotic seas at that point as the wind blows the waves across the sound and they hit up against the shoals from deeper water. So I probably could have made it out the first day, I just would have to have dealt with the choppy waves for the first hour or so after getting out of the channel.

Winds were good out there though, definitely enjoyed the times that I could sail.Both trips they sort of quieted down in the middle of the sound and were heavier around the edges.

Definitely enjoyed the trip, Ocracoke was a great little harbor and destination and was a great place to be "stuck" for a couple of days.
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Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

Feel the need to post a couple more pictures.

Pick which one's one. Hint, the little one...





Love these live oak trees...



And finally, leaving Ocracoke

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