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06-16-2013 09:04 PM
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

06-15-2013 02:31 PM
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.
06-12-2013 08:59 AM
Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

Thanks for the report! What were the wind/waves like? I have always wanted to make that run!
How was the return trip?
06-09-2013 06:45 PM
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.
06-09-2013 02:46 AM
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%.
06-08-2013 11:08 PM
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.

Post more pics and let us know where you went!
06-08-2013 09:24 PM
Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

Thanks for all the advice, decided to head out from New Bern since I could kill a few hours headed to Oriental, however, numerous delays including a half hour looking for my phone (!), made me decide to launch at Oriental. Got the boat in the water without even getting me or the truck wet, nice. Made the arduous 3/4 of a mile over to Toucans at Oriental Marina and had a great dinner. Went up Smith Creek a ways and found a really quiet sheltered anchorage. Now up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to try to make Ocacroke.
05-30-2013 09:18 AM
Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

Originally Posted by tschmidty View Post
I live in Charlotte, NC and I have about 5-6 days to go sailing coming up soon. Where would you go? ...
Any thoughts?
Yes, the Chesapeake Bay is nice this time of year. It's 5-6 hours to Norfolk. Launch at Little Creek or nearby. Sail to Cape Charles or Mobjack Bay, Great Wicomico or Tangier Island, Solomons Island and back.
05-30-2013 08:08 AM
Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

I agree with Oriental as a home base, since you will have several choices to go to from there. Don't know if we are allowed to post links, but cruisersnetdotnet has plenty of info on anchorages and marinas, all in map view. Cape Lookout is beautiful indeed. Plenty of restaurants and shops in Morehead/Beaufort area. If you are going there from Oriental, you will have to motor through Core Creek (maybe quickly if you time the tide right). Oriental to Beaufort is only 22 nautical miles, a good bit of that is Core Creek.
Oriental to Ocracoke is 41 nautical miles, with plenty of open water.
05-29-2013 10:50 PM
Re: Where would you cruise to from NC for a week?

We anchored in Cape Lookout a couple weeks ago for the first time - it is hard to overstate what a fantastic anchorage it is. We only stayed one night, but I could spend a week there and be happy.
Ken Hamric
Tartan 3800
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