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Re: Beaufort, NC v. Matthews Point v. Blackbeard
Keep in mind that Beaufort has lunar tides and significant current. The Neuse and most of the Pamlico sound have neither. However the tidal range in the Neuse and Pamlico sound is still significant, driven by wind. At MP the highest tides will be when the winds blow from the NE wind, and the lowest from the SW. The magnitude depend on the lengh of time it blows and the strength.
> I've also been told that it's a lot hotter and buggier at MP although it
> makes for a good hurricane hole if needed
Any marina in the Neuse River area is hot and buggy! (except for one ... and that one is so exposed I'd say that it would make a poor choice). MP is a nice, well run, well protected marina in a pretty and quiet setting. MP does require that you clear out of the docks when a named storm is forecast. (most folks will anchor in the creek and the marina staff will help)
[FYI: I do not keep my boat at MP, but I know folks that have]
> I also wonder if people swim in the Neuse.
Yes of course. Pollution is not an issue, but jellyfish are. I'm no fan of swimming when jellyfish are around (and that most of the summer). I've been stung plenty of times. The water is a "tea colored" but due to the tannins in the water, not from pollution. that said I would not drink the water, and there have been occasional advisories due to elevated bacteria ... but very few over the years.
> If one were to keep their boat in Beaufort, how long does it take to get
> to the Palmlico under average conditions?
Adams creek has a max current of ~2knts that occurs at the Beaufort end and it diminishes to ~zero by the time it enters the neuse. That current is driven by the tide at Beaufort of course. I'd estimate 3-4 hrs to transit the creek and another 2-3 hrs to sail from adams creek to the pamlico sound.
> Also, curious what average monthly marina costs are for a 28 ft boat?
I would expect 150-400 per month depending on location. New Bern is generally less expensive. And the closer to oriental you get the prices go up.
In regards to New Bern, I like the town. It's changed quite a bit (for the better) over the years (nicer, more nautical, interesting downtown, nice waterfront). But In my opinion it's not a great place to keep a boat. It's quite shallow, the river is quite narrow and its a long haul to cruise anywhere. OTOH NB is a great staging area to keep your boat while you are preparing for a long cruise. But if you are actively sailing, MP would be a better choice.
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