Originally Posted by CaptForce
The route by Manteo (Eastern Choice) has much shallower water and not a good choice for drafts over 5' max.
Still probably an accurate statement in terms of shallow water overall, but I thought they recently dredged the channel there?
Having little experience Beth, you may want to take the ICW - which does cross some open water in the NC sounds. The sail to Ocracoke
and Manteo could be a great way to get some sailing experience, but as Force says, we don't really know anything about your boat, goals, experience. I prefer to take the Pamlico up to MAnteo via Ocracoke, but only when the winds are favorable.
Here's my advice, no matter which way you go. Travel early in the day and plan to be anchored or tied up by mid-afternoon to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. If they aren't in the forecast
don't worry about it. I usually travel early anyway, but on the 60 mile days its hard to be anchored by 1500. Also, get unlimited tow insurance
from TowBoats US. If you have not spent much time navigating on the ICW you may find yourself aground. It is not necessarily so, but pretty common. I've had unlimited tow since I started sailing 8 years ago, but never used it. Knock on wood.
There are great guide books
, and you can discover it all on your own too. If you give some more specific info you might get some more input. There are people on this forum that write the guide books