I can tell you without question that Winyah Bay is an excellent bailout place. We used it ourselves in May heading north from Charleston. Our intention was Charleston to Beaufort
, NC and the weather
just never settled down to the level we wanted for the overnight passage
. A quick jump into Winyah Bay was simple - there's an excellent anchorage right near the inlet for easy in-and-out too. The next morning was calm and we continued with the overnight from there leaving later in the morning. I'm glad we ducked into Winyah.
The inlet is very deep, well marked, and passable in all conditions (we draw 6'). There is tide-generated current
through the inlet and I'd assume that wind
against that current
would produce more difficult conditions. Still, it's an excellent inlet.