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Hi all;

We are taking off for two weeks starting tomorrow. After spending some time down at Point lookout, one option is to go outside to Ocracoke, if we can navigate either the Ocracoke or Hatteras inlets. We draw 5'3" The charts are ambiguous on the subject. Any good local knowledge out there?

Are these inlets currently navigable for us, weather permitting? I have navigated inlets via powerboat many times, but not aboard a sailboat.

Any information or advice would be appriciated.

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Chris
 

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Yeah, I know about the inside route. We will be coming to Beaufort from New Bern, down the ditch. Core sound looks like a no-go for me too. I was just hoping to avoid back tracking.

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Chris

Just sailing across the Ocracoke Inlet on the inside is an adventure. You may want to consider the inside passage. From Lookout, you can actually go "inside" without going through Beaufort Inlet.
  1. You can take the ICW N from Morehead City to Neuse River, then you have almost a straight shot to Ocracoke.
  2. There is some waterway through Core Sound but my charts say 5'3" will not make it. You should find a sailor out of Beaufort or Harkers Island to ask.
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Short answer, I wouldn't. Gathering information from different sources is OK. The internet is not a bad place. Just one source of information. I'll be asking some local cruisers I know down in Beaufort once we get there. Chances are, the answer will be we don't do it, but the charts are clear that things shift, and maybe it is ok right now? How would I know if I did not ask, starting here, there, anywhere?

Cape Lookout - yes. I went to college at St. Mary's near Point Lookout in MD. So it slips in my mind often.

Chris

witzgall,

To me, the very fact that you are asking the question about Ocracoke and Hatteras inlets, suggests you don't know much about this area in general and these inlets in particular.......Would you do it simply because someone on a list like this says do it? Clearly the answer is for you in particular, don't do it.
Ocracoke is a nice place to visit and you should see it, but do it from inside the sounds. Even this way, the navigation is a bit tricky...the channels are narrow at places and the sand bottom in this area in general moves frequently. After you do it from the inside, talk with sailers there to see what they think about these inlets. And if you were to try it on the outside, if the wind and waves kickup, you could be in real trouble, in my opinion (not that I've done it from the outside). And by the way, it's not Point Lookout, it is Cape Lookout.
 
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