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05-31-2004 01:06 AM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

Thanks Bob, good stuff.

It looks like I will be sailing out of one of the Marina''s just east of Washington (only about an hour from where I will be living in Wilson NC) initially as I think I will stick with plying the waters of the Pamlico river for a while until I know what I am doing especially while I am single handing with my 5 year old on board. With experienced crew I might venture out on the sound if conditions allow but I have read about the very steep chop, sometimes 6ft + that can get kicked up in the sound by not too much wind and will wait until my child is older and really comfortable aboard before I put her through that.

I will get a cat so with the shallow draft I should still get a good deal of sailing in and it will be a faster cat with good motion and not subject to slamming for when I start to venture out in to the sound and down south. I am thinking about something like a Maine Cat right now, the Gemini 105M looks good especially with its screened cockpit but I am afraid that it slams a lot with is lack of tramps forward given what I have read on this web site about a Gemini sailing the Pamlico Sound

Just to be on the water again will be great!
05-26-2004 11:35 AM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

Take a look at this months SAIL mag. They list Oriental as one of the top areas to sail in the US and give a very brief write-up.
05-26-2004 11:17 AM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

For some reason I can''t edit my previous post, just wanted to clarify that that Crusing mag was Crusing World.
05-26-2004 11:15 AM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

Thanks A. Sounds great. Do you think that the sandbars would give a cat any problems, or just fewer problems?

I was reading this crusing mag article (sept 03 In search of the Lost colony of Roanoke) about a couple who took a cruise down the ICW from Norfolk and then sailed over to Ocracoke and then tried to head up to Roanoke. Sounds like a great crusing ground though they did mention that with the fetch and the shallow depth when any kind of wind kicks up conditions get rather choppy.

Today I got my Crusing Guide to Coastal N Carolina along with the Chart book by Clairboirne S Young, and my free NC Coastal Bopating Guide is on its way from the NCDOT 877-368-4968. Can''t wait to get stuck in to them and see what awaits.

Looking forward to bumping in to you, all figuratively speaking ofcourse;-), out there when I get settled.
05-25-2004 11:49 PM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

If you haven''t been there already give New Bern a try, on a nice weekend you the sound will be throbbing with sailboats. Unlike further out on the Pamlico sound, the depth is ample and uniform. It is once you make it out past Oriental and the intercoastal that you have to be mindful of the sandbars.

I keep my boat in New Bern - there are 3-4 marinas right in town and many more in the vicinity. Between New Bern and Oriental there should be plenty of sailing activity to keep you content. From New Bern, Oriental is a nice day sail. Once there the slip at the town wharf is quite nice and there are 2-3 good restaurants in town.

05-18-2004 10:00 PM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

Thanks Bobbi, it was a bit windy but I was on the ferry so I couldn''t tell how windy. Everyone I met during my time there was very nice and I am excited to be moving there. The outer banks were better than I had even imagined and at some point I look forward to going west and doing som ehiking in the mountains which I have heard are also rather spectacular!

Yes, sorry, Ocracoke ;-)

05-17-2004 01:58 PM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

I have a feeling that you just hit a bad day when you didn''t see any sailboats in the is shallow but I have made that trip many times with "fleets" going over to Ocracoke (note spelling if you''re going be a fellow No. Carolinian...LOL) is a fun trip over and a great place to spend a few days. Welcome to North Carolina...hope you find us to be the great state and warm, friendly people that we usually are.


S/V Kokopelli
05-16-2004 10:12 PM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

Thanks for all the replies and the links. I am so excited at the prospect of doing some real cruising around the sound and the outer banks and eventually further afield. I appreciate the info about the fish kills as it prompted me to do some research into the matter and it seems that what kills the fish is not pollution per se but low levels of dissolved oxygen (caused by algae growth rather than by toxic chemicals, in fact from what I read it seems the Chesapeake is far more polluted than the NC sounds) and fresh water run off after hurricanes and other high rainfall events.

I have been to Washington and saw that there was a marina there and but I have yet to drive down to New Bern or Oriental, I was just surprised to see NO sail boats in the crossing from Swan to Oakracoke.

No fog, no current, and light commercial traffic sounds like a good place to learn to sail and I am far more in to quiet beautiful anchorages than the cocktail at the dock scene, though it would be very cool to socialize with people who enjoy cruising.

I will contact those of you in NC when I am settled if that is OK.
05-16-2004 12:37 PM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

Just like wherever a person goes you can choose to look for the good or the bad...the sailing in NC will be different from in VA and further North but we have some wonderful sailing here...and some wonderful people doing that sailing. New Bern and Oriental are great areas to start with...and if you''re going to be close to Raleigh there is a great group of people in the Triangle Sailing Association that you might want to look into. There are many more sailors here and sailboats than it appears at first look.


S/V Kokopelli
05-14-2004 06:53 PM
Why are there so few sailboats in the Pamlico sound?

Also do some research on water pollution in NC. Lots of pig farms upstream of the Pamlico, leading to large fish kills when big rains wash the pig manure into the creeks and rivers.
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