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10-25-2011 10:51 AM
SVAuspicious
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Originally Posted by slaneynirit@yahoo.com View Post
many people talk us that Cape Hatteras can be tricky.
Many people talk about lots of things that are simply one story repeated. While the weather off Hatteras can be sporty it is largely benign. The bad weather doesn't sneak up you.

Southbound I do a careful weather check near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and hole up in Little Creek if appropriate. Northbound Beaufort NC is my bailout.

I don't remember how very many times I've been around Hatteras but I know I've only turned away twice, once for a winter storm in February 2009 and once for Tomas in November 2010.

The Virginia Cut is an interesting trip, as is the Dismal Swamp Route, and worth doing for the experience but shouldn't be chosen out of concern for Hatteras.

Check ActiveCaptain for shoaling reports. Somewhere around mile 84.5 you'll see the one I found. *sigh*
10-24-2011 10:43 PM
slaneynirit@yahoo.com
Off shore

I do lots of sailing off shore including Atlantic crossing, but many people talk us that Cape Hatteras can be tricky. So we thought to do the Virginia cut and experience the ICW from Norfolk to NC, than go out again.
10-18-2011 09:09 AM
joethecobbler I guess I just don't care for the virginia cut route.
I have enjoyed the dismal swamp route , the calm waters easy free dockage the small towns and avaialbility of provisions.
Likewise I prefer the roanoke Island route over the alligator river. Again many more opportunities to ancor or dock in great interesting locations, and lets not forget an oportunity to sail the albermarle and the palmico instead of motoring the alligator stump pond.
Manteo is a great and welcoming place, beats coinjock and alligator river bridge gas station, er "Marina".
Of course my question is, with a 6'8" draft and a 64' mast why is it your not coastal or offshore?
10-16-2011 10:14 PM
PBzeer There's a CG station on the Hobucken Cut, not sure if there's one in Elizabeth City.

Another good resource also is Cruisers.net
10-16-2011 10:07 PM
RichH I have 62+ ft. clearance and and 'just' make it under the bridge at south end of the Alligator-Pungo canal. This bridge 'may' be 63-64 above Mean High water - suggest you direct contact the USCG (Eliz. City???) for the 'actual' clearance .... its NOT a 65ft. bridge clearance !!!!!!!
Ive seen several 64ft tall boats unable to pass this bridge ... especially when there is slight 'wind tide' in the canal.

BTW dont anchor in the Alligator River anywhere south of the bridge at the Albemarle until you go west to enter the Alligator-Pungo. Most of the bottom is foul with sunken logs. If you do anchor on the Alligator R. be sure to have a trip line attached.

6'8" deep isnt going get you through the dismal .... they continually drag for sunken logs to only 6 ft. deep. .... and if a large powerboat precedes you he most certainly 'disturb' the logs. DEFINITELY dont travel the Dismal Swamp route is you have a 'sail drive' and that goes for 'any' depth boat.
10-16-2011 11:54 AM
PBzeer Stay alert after you leave Coinjock. Water can get skinny, real fast if you don't mind the markers. Doesn't hurt to go through on a week day either, as big power boats tend to get thick on the weekends.

If you're wanting to go to Orkacoke, you're best off, with your draft, to come in from the south, not down the channel by Roanoke Island. Entrance to the Alligator River can be tricky if you don't pay close heed to the markers, as well as going into Oriental Harbor.

Oh, and if you don't have unlimited towing insurance (TowBoat US or SeaTow), get the unlimited policy. It's one of the best bargains in boating if you need it.
10-16-2011 10:23 AM
SVAuspicious Is NC your ultimate destination? What do you want to accomplish from the trip? Are you exploring at leisure or just trying to get the boat move. Boat make and condition?
10-16-2011 10:13 AM
marianclaire When you are south of the Neuse and in Adams Creek you will start to fell the tide/current. Especially at the bridge. The current slacks about two hrs after the posted tide. You should be ok at the Cedar Creek anchorage if you do not go in to far. Stay clear of the marked, on the water, wreck at the entrance. Do not try to cut thru at red 34 north of Morehead City. Even though some of the charts still show a channel. As posted get Skipper Bob. Best 17$ I ever spent. Dan S/V Marian Claire
10-15-2011 10:43 PM
wingNwing Very little tides/currents in these areas, mostly be attentive to wind direction when crossing the Albemarle and the Neuse - both can be nasty.
10-15-2011 10:42 PM
wingNwing Which Beaufort, NC or SC? Get "Skipper Bob's" anchorages, great info on where to spend the night, and on bridge timing and VHF channel they monitor.

After Buck Island, our "normal" anchorages are somewhere near the head of Alligator R (around mile 100-105, again choose your anchorage based on wind direction; NE of Deep Point at green marker 43 is usually good); then the next day Slade Creek (mile 140 for great shelter); then the next day Oriental, Morehead City, or Beaufort.
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