We have made the trip around Hatteras both north once and and south twice in the last few years. We just waited for a two day weather
window and sailed or motored along the 60 ft line within about 5 miles of the land.
There are red markers in 60 ft all the way around that keep you off the shoals. Interestingly coming south there was a southerly eddy off the Gulf Stream
However, the weather
needs to be settled and you cannot linger, motor
if no wind
. There is no bailout and the one time we went inside the 60 ft line there was no correlation between the chart plotter and the depth
Unless you are shoal draft/center board, we are almost 8 ft, I cannot imagine going anywhere near those inlets or even the ICW. A 71 ft stick usually needs a deepish keel