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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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