Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Oriental NC
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Re: Sailing out of Oriental NC?
> I'm wondering if it's feasible to make it from Oriental to Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge.
> If it is, is there any place to get to landfall by tender,
yes, pretty, empty beaches.
> The operator said that the prevailing winds make a sail to Ocracoke a bit challenging and unpleasant.
I agree that Ocracoke and back is usually a challenging sail, but definitely doable.
South river, ~8nm from Oriental. Beautiful and quiet (I assume he meant South River, not North River since there is no North River :-) ). I'd continue in past #5 and anchor wherever you like. You can dinghy ashore at Lukens (eastern shore between #5 and #6) and visit the cival war era graveyard (all that remains of the town of Lukens) or go ashore on the beach and have a bonfire.
West Bay ~23nm from Oriental. huge, mostly desolate, except for the spooky military installation on the west side of the bay. Lots of pretty beaches on the east side for swimming, strolling, etc. the southern portion of the bay is the Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge.
Bonner bay: ~20nm from Oriental. It's off of the Bay River, desolate and beautiful, no beaches.
also easily within a day of Oriental:
- Bellhaven (not on your list but a nice visit and a fun sail)
- Beaufort (lovely coastal town)
- Cape Lookout (Simply beautiful, must see)
- Ocracoke (outer banks, although I do not recommend Ocracoke at this time, they were hit very hard by Hurricane Dorian and are in recovery mode. )
If I had 4 days I think Id do:
day 1: Oriental to Beaufort. (5-6 hrs) anchor Taylor creek, go ashore for dinner.
day 2: sail to Cape lookout. 2 -3 hrs. Dinghy to shore, hike to lighthouse etc.
day 3: Heading home towards Oriental, anchor Cedar creek (just off the ICW, near the mouth of Adam's creek)
day 4: sail into the Neuse, head NE past Oriental and to South River. anchor for lunch and go ashore at the cemetery. sail back to Oriental
day 1 bonner bay
day 2 west bay (cedar island refuge)
day 3 south river
day 4 oriental.
PM me for more info, more options, or any questions. I could meet you in Oriental if you like, you will be chartering right near my house!
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Last edited by bristol299bob; 09-24-2019 at 01:56 AM.