Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Oriental NC
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Re: Just joined, already have a question about tie-offs in rough water & using a lift
From your description it sounds like you are the north side of the Pamlico River, sticking right out in it. Its a beautiful place, but your dock will be hammered in the predominantly SW winds from spring through early fall. This weekend was a perfect example, and your video shows it.
If it were me, I'd enjoy the view but find a protected place to keep the boat.
edit ... ahh I see that you have already. Right on.
As others have said, do secure the tiller (and the wheel when you get that larger boat) anytime you secure the boat. Even in your new protected slip, I believe its good practice to lock down the rudder when you are not underway, at anchor or at the dock.
you are in a great place to sail! It's a fun trip to sail down to Oriental from where you are. You can tie up at either of the free docks, anchor in the harbor, or get a slip. The free docks feature free pump out (when its working) and bathrooms. its a long day from wades point though ... 40 miles?
Ocrackoke also very fun, also around 40 miles. At ocracoke tie up at the park service docks (not free but have power and bathrooms). Or anchor out, or get a slip at the marina if you'll want showers. plan on a long weekend. rent a bike. visit the museum, the lighthouse, springer point, the horses. great fun.
Ditto Manteo, although I havent been there in years. many years ... but now you have me thinking ...
And closer trips for you, Bellhaven, Washington, Bath.
and lots of beautiful desolate anchorages if thats your thing.
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