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I've anchored at the spot Camaradie mentioned and I second his recommendation. I made it from Elizabeth City to there on an easy day and the run down to Bellhaven the next day was an easy run as well. Stayed at Belhaven Waterway Marina run by a really nice couple. It has the nicest restroom/showers on the ICW.
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Thanks for all the great recommendations. It helps so much. We you spend the night on the boat in a protected bay, does anyone set an alarm so that you get up often...or just make sure you set the hook well and hope for the best come morning?


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What I always do at anchor is leave my halyards tied off on the mast so if the wind comes up in the night it will wake me. Generally I am a light sleeper but a little extra insurance is good.

Also if there is a light or some reference that you can see after dark take a bearing on it. It will give you something to do when you wake up at 3 and look around.

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Drinking a big bottle of water just before bed certainly helps with getting up in the middle of the night to check on the anchor and see if you're dragging or not.

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Actually Gary makes a great point. You will drive yourself nuts thinking you are dragging unless you draw an imaginary line between the boat and TWO or more points on land and that will serve as reassurance. With tidal/wind shifts you may find yourself 180 degrees in the opposite direction in the middle of the night but your bearings should remain similar if you are still hooked to the bottom. Get some sleep...the holding is great in that spot and you are well protected from the wind & fetch of the waves!
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I would also say that you shouldn't necessarily trust the anchor drag alarm on a GPS unit. A lot of things can affect their accuracy. A visual range or set of bearings will be far more reliable, unless fog has set in... But in NC, I don't think that is as much of a problem as it is in New England.

cam- Don't knock it...it works for most people.

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