SailNet Community banner
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
20 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello all! In a few weeks I will be sailing from North Carolina's Outer Banks to my home waters, the Potomac River on the Chesapeake Bay.

I am planning on sailing out through the Oregon Inlet and up the coast to the Bay, about 100 miles, and would love any advice and opinions on the trip. I've sailed extensively in the Bay for the last 10 years or so, but I have never ventured out into the ocean, and I want to be thorough in my planning.

Currently I:
  • Have a good bay-sailing partner to make the sail with
  • Am planning on a good shakedown sail to test the vessel (a Catalina 27 with inboard)
  • Will have handheld VHS, GPS, Extra fuel water and food, and other safety equipment
  • Plan on waiting for a favorable weather window.

Does it make sense to sail about 10 miles out, and then set a straight course for the Bay inlet? Any navigational hazards that I should be concerned about?

Any ideas would be much appreciated!

-Ralph
 

·
Master Mariner
Joined
·
9,197 Posts
Oregon Inlet is one of the most treacherous on the east coast. My advice; steer clear.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
20 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Really? May I ask why?

My understanding was that the channel was maintained at 6 feet and the bridge had 66' of clearance. I have a 4 foot draft and didn't expect to run into problems, but that's why I posted here.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
20 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Ah I see, a brief google of Oregon inlet filled me in on the dangers. Thanks for pointing it out to me.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,433 Posts
Active Captains says the channel was dredged..but that was two years ago.. Advise to contact the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, 1-800-272-5199, and get the latest local conditions.
 

·
Registered
Tartan 37
Joined
·
5,428 Posts
I've been out Oregon Inlet on a 50'+ Sport Fishing yacht a few years ago and it was intense and last I heard the inlet was closed?
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
12,366 Posts
Been out Oregon on a charter boat with twin 454s, on a begnign day. Ebb tide at 4+. Knots......shoals reaching out over a mile with rollers across the inlet.

I avoid inlets they constantly move the markets for the channel in.

Orgegon on of the worst inlets IMHO
 

·
Wandering Aimlessly
Joined
·
22,037 Posts
Two days to the Bay either way you go. ICW isn't the most enjoyable way, but far safer.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13 Posts
I travel NC 12 by car a few times a month between Manteo and Hatteras. I have seen a dredge there often for the past 2 years, up until recently. They are constructing a new bridge, but construction shouldn't be in the way of navigational traffic. Strong current so of course you would have to time well with the slack tide. That being said, obviously lots of shoaling and talking to the local fishing fleet from Manteo or Oregon Inlet would be the only way to get anything accurate. I've never been out of Oregon or Hatteras inlets on anything less than a 44' sportfish boat, and rarely can I recall the trip being something I would feel comfortable in a small sailboat. ICW might be safer, but best of luck either way!
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top