Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 20-09-2010, 10:21   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sailing from NC
Boat: 1999 IP40, Charbonneau
Posts: 82
Advice for Run from Charleston to Beaufort Inlet

Hi... my son recently purchased a 33 foot Cape Dorey in Charleston. He anticipates the marina will have completed all upgrades by late October. It will essentially be a new boat when all is completed. Having sailed several weeks each in the Caribbean and Mexico, along with weekly racing on Lake Union, WA, I rate his sailing skills as "moderate plus". Having sailed almost exclusively on the Pamlico Sound so far, I rate my skills as "learner".

We're planning to move the boat in late October from Charleston to Beaufort Inlet NC and then proceed inside to it's new berth up the Neuse River. Assuming we choose a decent weather window, is there any difficulty charting a course out into the Gulf stream from Charleston and then at the appropriate point alter our course NW to Beaufort inlet?



bchaps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-09-2010, 10:56   #2
Senior Cruiser
Captain Bill's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: On the boat
Boat: Endeavourcat Sailcat 44
Posts: 2,356
There's no particular problem doing that, but I never saw that it was worth the effort of going that far off shore to pick up the stream. It's about 85 miles from Charleston to the place you want to be in the stream on a due east heading. I have just put that effort into heading towards the cape fear entrance, gone into Cape Fear and out Masonboro, the straight to Beaufort, with a slight dogleg if the gunnery range at Camp Lejune was active. I always figured I'ld gain about the same time as I lost going off shore. It also limits ones ability to duck into port if the weather goes to crap, especially if you are uncomfortable about your off shore skills. Coming from further south it would be a different story as the gain definitley outweighs the cost.

Captain Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-09-2010, 11:12   #3

Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 751
I'd just go from Charleston to the Fying Pan Shoal's slue and straight to the Beaufort inlet. I can't believe you'd do anything but waste time heading all the way out to the stream for that passage.

There are great bail out points at Georgetown, Southport, and Masonboro although by the time you pass Georgetown (Winyah Bay) by 20 miles you'll generally be too far out to head back.
ActiveCaptain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-09-2010, 12:10   #4
Registered User
Auspicious's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Boat: HR 40
Posts: 1,847
Send a message via Skype™ to Auspicious
We made that run in well under two days (36 hours? 32? I don't remember) in a Tayana 37 staying well inside. The biggest issue is that there is often a counter current spinning off the Gulf Stream. The best (least bad?) course for us seemed to be to stay very close to shore.

Print one or more of the current velocity charts and compare boat speed to SOG with the current chart in hand. That will help you figure out whether to head a bit further in or a bit further out.

Have a great time.
S/V Auspicious
Beware cut and paste sailors
Auspicious is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ICW & Beaufort Inlet S/VSkylark Sailor Logs & Cruising Plans 9 19-04-2011 15:57
Beaufort, NC Marinas and Inlet elangley Atlantic & the Caribbean 8 21-05-2010 06:39
Beaufort NC to Charleston in the next two weeks? Labatt Atlantic & the Caribbean 5 20-12-2008 19:16
Sailing from Beaufort NC to Masonboro Inlet, Inside or out? Iain General Sailing Forum 1 05-10-2006 10:58
Beaufort to St Mary's Inlet rleslie Atlantic & the Caribbean 2 07-09-2006 03:46

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:11.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.