A second vote for staying at Coinjock. Very easy to get an early start as I typically have people tied so close on my bow and stern that I have to get up to help the earliest person get out. Once I'm up I might as well go too -- even if I'm still metabolizing the roast beef from the night before
I agree about the dangers of the oxbows but we once anchored with two other boats just to the north of Pungo Ferry for two nights while waiting for the water
to go down enough after a storm to get under the fixed bridge. It's easy to anchor
well out of the way without actually going into the oxbow. Plenty of depth
. I suspect you can do the same on the south side but haven't tried.
If you want to push really hard, you could also try for the free dock
at Great Bridge. Good shopping
and some restaurants. Atlantic Marine
is also right there if you want power.
But do you really want to work so hard to skip Coinjock? The Norfolk bridge schedule is less of a problem going north.