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Tips for sailing Oregon Inlet to Chesapeake Bay

Hello all! In a few weeks I will be sailing from North Carolina's Outer Banks to my home waters, the Potomac River on the Chesapeake Bay.

I am planning on sailing out through the Oregon Inlet and up the coast to the Bay, about 100 miles, and would love any advice and opinions on the trip. I've sailed extensively in the Bay for the last 10 years or so, but I have never ventured out into the ocean, and I want to be thorough in my planning.

Currently I:
  • Have a good bay-sailing partner to make the sail with
  • Am planning on a good shakedown sail to test the vessel (a Catalina 27 with inboard)
  • Will have handheld VHS, GPS, Extra fuel water and food, and other safety equipment
  • Plan on waiting for a favorable weather window.

Does it make sense to sail about 10 miles out, and then set a straight course for the Bay inlet? Any navigational hazards that I should be concerned about?

Any ideas would be much appreciated!

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Re: Tips for sailing Oregon Inlet to Chesapeake Bay

The best tip for Oregon inlet would be don't go thru it take the ICW.
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Re: Tips for sailing Oregon Inlet to Chesapeake Bay

Oregon Inlet is one of the most treacherous on the east coast. My advice; steer clear.

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Re: Tips for sailing Oregon Inlet to Chesapeake Bay

Really? May I ask why?

My understanding was that the channel was maintained at 6 feet and the bridge had 66' of clearance. I have a 4 foot draft and didn't expect to run into problems, but that's why I posted here.
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Ah I see, a brief google of Oregon inlet filled me in on the dangers. Thanks for pointing it out to me.
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Re: Tips for sailing Oregon Inlet to Chesapeake Bay

Active Captains says the channel was dredged..but that was two years ago.. Advise to contact the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, 1-800-272-5199, and get the latest local conditions.
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Re: Tips for sailing Oregon Inlet to Chesapeake Bay

Fishing-NC.com: Oregon Inlet One of the Most Dangerous

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Re: Tips for sailing Oregon Inlet to Chesapeake Bay

I've been out Oregon Inlet on a 50'+ Sport Fishing yacht a few years ago and it was intense and last I heard the inlet was closed?

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Re: Tips for sailing Oregon Inlet to Chesapeake Bay

Been out Oregon on a charter boat with twin 454s, on a begnign day. Ebb tide at 4+. Knots......shoals reaching out over a mile with rollers across the inlet.

I avoid inlets they constantly move the markets for the channel in.

Orgegon on of the worst inlets IMHO


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Re: Tips for sailing Oregon Inlet to Chesapeake Bay

Two days to the Bay either way you go. ICW isn't the most enjoyable way, but far safer.

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