The trip from FL to Hatteras or more preferably Beaufort
, NC is pretty easy if you have a good weather
window. You will burn about a half a day in and half a day out of Beaufort
from the stream. Getting a weather
window around cape Hatteras is a bit more problematic, but once north of Hatteras you will be out of the Gulf stream anyway. I would not write off the ICW between Beaufort and Norfolk. A 55 foo mast
is no issue and if you take the Coinjock route
6.5 should not be an issue either. This is a good alternative when the weather is not cooperating at Hatteras. You can jump out of Norfolk and be in Sandy Hook in about 48 hours. If you go north of Beaufort there are no inlets below Hatteras that you can go into to wait for weather because of your draft
. Last time I was through Ocrakoke inlet I saw less than 5 feet at mid tide. 6.5 would be a problem even at high tide. Hatteras inlet is similar. One other option is to come in at Beaufort and go back out at Oregon
inlet is a bit tricky but it is usually deeper than the other two but the channel moves a lot and you need to seek recent local knowledge. There is a 65 foot bridge at Oregon but it should be no issue for a 55 foot mast. You will make sure you stay in the marked channel on your approach to the inlet. You will not be able to go north to Manteo because of your draft unless there has been some recent dredging. I heard a rumor they were going to dredge the channel there, but I don't personally know if it's been done yet.
I'm leaving from Port Canaveral tomorrow for Beaufort and eventually to Maine
. I'll be doing Beaufort to Norfolk on the inside. Good luck!