We successfully went out Ocracoke inlet on Saturday morning. The tide was low and running out at high speed. The channel was pretty deep for the most part with more than 12 feet except for a small area near the tip of the island where it got down to 6 feet. That only last a hundred feet or so then started dropping off again. We found the channel well marked and easy to follow if a bit winding. The rollers were coming directly down the channel once we cleared the tip of the island. There were also refracted and relected waves off of the various bars and with the current
running against them at 2.5 knots it got a bit spirited but nothing dangerous. Once we cleared the channel things settled right down and we had a beautiful motor
most of the way to Cape Lookout. There was almost no wind
until we got abeam of the cape where we finnally got to do a little sailing.
I did see a Cat run aground just north of the Morehead City-Beaufort bridge on the ICW
. This information is for anyone coming in Beufort Inlet. The markers on the south side of the bridge are harbor markers and follow the RRR rule
. The markers on the North side of the bridge are ICW
markers and follow the rule
that Red is on the left proceeding northward. This poor fellow in the cat didn't realize they had changed and tried to keep the red to starboard. He was behind me and I didn't see what he was doing until I heard the crunch which was audible even over the din of my engines. Towboat US got him off a couple of hours later at least it sounded like he was back underway from a couple of his radio
Thanks to all who replied.