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Our first trip into the big salt water will be from Ocean Isle Beach, NC. I know the ICW there from years of vacations, but this is our first year with our Spindrift 19 (same as Precision 18). My question is: I''m concerned about getting our between the islands and not being able to get back in till the tide turns. I have a 4 HP that can push our little boat to about 4.5 Knots. Is there someone with experience in these waters? I think the inlet between Ocean Isle and Holden Beach is the best bet.

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I am not familiar with that inlet ,but masonboro inlet in wrightsville beach is the best around these parts. High tide , low tide,no worries. Plenty of room to sail right out of with an anchorage right around the corner you wont even need your motor. thomas
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I''ve only been through Shalotte inlet in a power boat, so I don''t really know. The inlet south of Ocean Isle at Calabash is Little River. I think that is nice inlet also. Can you trailer closer to there? Or to Masonboro, as mentioned. I don''t think you will see many sailboats usung Shalotte. I don''t think you should even consider Tubbs inlet.
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Really appreciate the input. I have motored with rather unseaworthy pontoon boats in the waterway. I have only just "tasted" a bit of the current and waves at Shallotte Inlet and and Lockwoods Folly (north end of Holden Beach). I have been in and out of Little River Inlet many time but only as passanger on 45'' dive boat.

The waves are a concern for me as this is my first attempt. I plan to drop sail, up the centerboard, and motor my way in and out. This way I only need 18 inches of water and think I''ll have better control. I''d like to go for Shallotte Inlet...any advise?

Plans are just to tour in local area.

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Just be careful. Probably you''ll have a struggle motoring out against waves, but you can surf back in. Watch out for the fishermen.
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