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1 Week Ago 10:59 AM
JonEisberg
Re: advice on sailing around Cape Hatteras?

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Originally Posted by keizerontherocks View Post
I'm a rookie sailor about to embark on my first trip south from Nova Scotia, to the Florida Keys mid August. I am in no rush getting there and have planned many stops along the way. After reading all the articles of Cape Hatteras I am looking for advice on traveling around the Cape or avoiding it. I would prefer not to use the AICW(no disrespect to my universal atomic time bomb) but maybe that's best for my situation? It seems everyone that I've read about has had a much larger vessel then my C&C 27, but also I've noticed everyone has been traveling during the harsher months. Am I over thinking the danger that I've been stricken with since reading about Cape Hatteras? Any advice would be welcomed.
The only reason for you to go out around Hatteras, is to be able to say afterwards that you did it... :-)

Makes little sense in such a boat, especially in summer when the prevailing breeze is likely to run between SW - SE... Moreover, I think the trip inside to Morehead is one of the nicer sections of the trip south inside, with lots of opportunities to do some sailing. Do the Pamlico Sound route instead of the Ditch, if you're lucky with the weather you can do a lot of sailing...

Also, the inside route affords some really nice chances to get off the beaten track, and visit some very nice places. I think the NC Sounds are perhaps the most underrated cruising ground on the east coast. Manteo is a very nice stop and is very boater-friendly, the Wright Brothers Memorial is a very worthwhile place to visit, and Ocracoke is one of my favorite places anywhere along the east coast. If you're in no particular hurry, you could easily find yourself hanging out there for a week, or more... With your boat, you might even think about trying to meander down thru Core Sound, that's an area I'd love to try to explore some day in a boat with shoal draft... Then there's Beaufort, and Cape Lookout Bight, more places you could easily linger for awhile. To visit those places after going out around Hatteras, you'd actually be adding more distance to the trip than if you'd gone into Norfolk, and down to Morehead inside...
1 Week Ago 10:54 AM
travlineasy
Re: advice on sailing around Cape Hatteras?

Take the ditch - it's a nice motor trip that is quite safe this time of year. I fished quite a bit out of Hatteras and Morehead City and I can tell you first hand that when the weather gets nasty it gets real nasty, and does so in a hurry. I ducked into the small bay behind The Hook one day to get out of the weather and spent the next four days there waiting to go back to Morehead City - it gets that bad.

The inlet at Morehead City is a piece of cake, especially when compared to Hatteras and Oregon inlets. You will find there are no other places to duck out of the weather between the mouth of Chesapeake Bay and Morehead City, which is a fairly long haul. You can, however, get relatively close to the beach, which allows some protection from a westerly wind, but anything closer than a half mile may get you in trouble. Lots of shifting bars out there to contend with, which is the reason Oregon Inlet essentially no longer exists. Oregon was never more than a slot through the surf, but that slot has long since silted in.

All the best,

Gary
2 Weeks Ago 07:55 AM
MarkofSeaLife Cape Hatteras has a perfect go around... go into Norfolk and use the ICW to Morehead City.
if you have EXCELLENT weather on board to show if there's a hurricane brewing then you may get to go around Hatteras... but that is more than the USCG VHF weather as it won't be far enough advanced to give you opt out time. I used satellite phone to download weather charts and that worked well on my last trip Caribbean to New York.

But don't stuff around with Hatteras... it's not called the graveyard of the Atlantic for no reason.
2 Weeks Ago 03:01 AM
obelisk
Re: advice on sailing around Cape Hatteras?

Yes, hurricane season should be a big concern for you. The season really heats up in mid-august and peaks in September usually. There are no suitable places to pull in and ride out a hurricane between the mouth of the Bay and Morehead city and that is not even a great place. It's a long coast, especially in a C&C27, during hurricane season.

You have the "luxury" of heading down the Ditch, something that my bridge clearance and draft will not allow. If it were me, and I must head south during the season, i would take that route. There's not much to see or experience between the Bay and Morehead city anyway, except being able to say you've been around Hatteras. I can say I have been around but I can also say I've been hammered a couple of times. It's not fun.
2 Weeks Ago 11:01 PM
keizerontherocks
Re: advice on sailing around Cape Hatteras?

Well thank you obelisk for your concern on what I assume you to be referring to hurricane season? However I'm only guessing that's what you're talking about, because you didn't specify to anything in particular(I'm not a mind reader)which was no help to me or anybody on the matter what so ever. Maybe a mythological sea creature who protects the Cape that you know about? Going back to my original question on advice about Hatteras maybe you have some insight you'd like to share with us, less educated on the matter?
2 Weeks Ago 09:14 PM
obelisk
Re: advice on sailing around Cape Hatteras?

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Originally Posted by keizerontherocks View Post
I'm a rookie sailor about to embark on my first trip south from Nova Scotia, to the Florida Keys mid August. I am in no rush getting there and have planned many stops along the way. After reading all the articles of Cape Hatteras I am looking for advice on traveling around the Cape or avoiding it. I would prefer not to use the AICW(no disrespect to my universal atomic time bomb) but maybe that's best for my situation? It seems everyone that I've read about has had a much larger vessel then my C&C 27, but also I've noticed everyone has been traveling during the harsher months. Am I over thinking the danger that I've been stricken with since reading about Cape Hatteras? Any advice would be welcomed.
You may have more to worry about than Hatteras, heading to the Keys in August...
2 Weeks Ago 06:21 PM
keizerontherocks
Re: advice on sailing around Cape Hatteras?

I'm a rookie sailor about to embark on my first trip south from Nova Scotia, to the Florida Keys mid August. I am in no rush getting there and have planned many stops along the way. After reading all the articles of Cape Hatteras I am looking for advice on traveling around the Cape or avoiding it. I would prefer not to use the AICW(no disrespect to my universal atomic time bomb) but maybe that's best for my situation? It seems everyone that I've read about has had a much larger vessel then my C&C 27, but also I've noticed everyone has been traveling during the harsher months. Am I over thinking the danger that I've been stricken with since reading about Cape Hatteras? Any advice would be welcomed.
02-25-2013 09:26 PM
Bene505
Re: advice on sailing around Cape Hatteras?

Drake,

If you are making landfall near NY, please let me know. I'd like to buy your crew a beer, if only to show my appreciation for the videos you made about towing that disabled sailboat awhile back.

I bet there are a few other sailnetters in the area that would join us too.

Regards,
Brad
02-25-2013 04:24 PM
rockDAWG
Re: advice on sailing around Cape Hatteras?

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Originally Posted by brokesailor View Post
Dawg: Has it been over a year already? Boy does time fly after 50!
Think will even get better, please look forward to your 70's or 80's LOL
02-25-2013 04:22 PM
rockDAWG
Re: advice on sailing around Cape Hatteras?

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Auspicious,

"If you already have a laptop you can be set up for $100US or less to receive weather fax on board." Are you talking about an SSB radio?
I am not Dave, but I guess this may be it

1.

2. JV Comm 32
or HF Weather Fax
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hf-w...394199597?mt=8
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