Originally Posted by Lodesman
Maybe you should try staying inside the markers
Seriously, we did mile 0 to Morehead City/Beaufort with 6 ft draught and didn't go aground at all. Touched some fallen branches along the Dismal Swamp canal, but I wouldn't recommend that route
to the OP with 7ft. After Morehead, we cut inside of Cape Fear by going in at Masonboro Inlet and down to Southport - nice place to stop.
Agreed, I think the difficulty of this leg is often greatly overstated, unless the water
has been blown out of Currituck Sound, they should be fine... With the possible exception, as previously mentioned, of the air draft
on the Catalina
... If the water
is really up at Great Bridge, that 65-footer just past Atlantic YB could also be problematic, that tends to be another 'close one', I've ticked a HF antenna
or two there... Damn, how I hate running 64' sticks down the ICW
, air draft issues are FAR
more nerve-wracking than shoaling, to me... ;-)
As to those suggesting to go out around Hatteras, in my observation boats who travel in company down the Ditch are among the least likely candidates to jump outside, much less out around Hatteras :-) Not to mention, from Hampton Roads
out around Hatteras, and back into Beaufort
, is a hell of a lot longer than the inside route...
For those wondering about the depth
over the top of Roanoake Island approahing Manteo, I haven't been thru there in about 3 years, so I can't offer any recent information... However, the lowest I've ever seen thru there, at the N entrance of the channel towards Shallowbag Bay, is about 7 - 7.5 feet... I'd suggest anyone thinking of going that way call one of the marinas
or Sea Tow or Boat/US in Manteo for advice on the current
status of the channel... The Old House Channel behind Oregon
Inlet can always be a bit of a crap shoot, it can change overnight, but I haven't seen any real problems thru there in recent years...