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Old 21-08-2015, 19:33   #1
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Sailing in the Albermarle Sound?

We are considering buying a piece of land on the Albermarle Sound (see screenshot):

I'm originally from NC but haven't been sailing on the Albermarle before. Anybody been through this area? Where would you keep a 40' sailboat? Is it easy enough to get out to the ocean?

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Re: Sailing in the Albermarle Sound?

There's plenty of room to sail in the sound, but getting to the Ocean is not easy as the nearest inlet is Oregon inlet and the water around it is very shallow. You will need a shallow draft boat. on the order of 4 feet or less. That's not Exactly common in a 40 foot vessel. You will also be limited to a 65 foot air draft by the highway 64 bridge at Manteo and the Bonner bridge over the inlet itself. The inlet itself shoals badly and the CG is often moving bouys around to mark the channel.e The bridge over the roanoke sound is only 34 feet which stops most sailboats over 30 feet. The next closest inlets are the mouth of the Chesapeake or Beaufort inlet. Hatteras inlet and Ocrakoke inlet can be used if you don't draw too much water. I have 4 foot of draft and have seen less than a foot of water under the keels when crossing the bars there. Basically getting to the ocean from there is going to be a bit of a project.
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Re: Sailing in the Albermarle Sound?

The depth, in general, in the Albermarle is quite shallow. Better sailing conditions in the Pamlico Sound.

Would you consider the Oriental area?
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