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.
- You can take the ICW N from Morehead City to Neuse River, then you have almost a straight shot to Ocracoke.
- 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.