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Norfolk to Morehead City.

The way I conceptualize that leg is like a narrow alley, with two walls.

The western wall is danger, and I stay as far away as I can, really do not want to find out how far the shoals extend out to sea.

The eastern wall is my friend, on light southern winds or calm, just perfect, light southwest could be ok.

My logic is, if trouble like an escape route or plan B, that is Offshore, and crossing the current under those conditions is better.

Any other wind with a Northern component, no good.
 

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To complicate matters, a south passage is motoring, that means life and safety depends entirely on your engine performance, personally do not like the odds, if the engine dies, there is not much room for errors, I prefer to have my plan B and that requires sea room, outside the alley.
Now, going north I normally wait for the weather and go, the odds and the current are on my favor, do not recall on many passages having problems, that has always been my experience as well as most others in my area.
But, your boat, your life.
 

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The beauty of our forum is that we share opinions and experience as trying to be helpful, now granted that if 10 sailors are involved, more likely you get 12 different opinions.
At the end, is like I say,

your boat, your life.

On my thread on comfort was chastised on the basis "Is a sailboat, we sail"
Lucky you have two engines.
Used to live in Morro Bay California, in order to cruise the Channel Islands and Catalina Island have to round Point Arguello, that is the OTHER Graveyard.
Mi initial passage from Ventura to home, with my "new" Tartan 34 almost ends in disaster, before departure have the boat surveyed, then serviced by a reputable mechanic (for safety).
At midnight in the middle of the shipping lane right south of Point Conception the engine died, still remember the shouting and cursing of the freighters for me to get out of their way!
Yes sh...t happen and at the worst possible moment.
Obviously made it back to Ventura and solved the problem.
So you can see why my distrust and lack of faith on any engine if my life depends on it.
Mahalo plenty
 

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Got a chuckle at an ICW marker, was planted about 20 yards outside the chanel, on top of a beautiful sandspit!
No, do not have a pic, was busy trying to get off my running aground on the next marker as I was looking back!!
 
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