With an 8 foot draft he might be able to get through Gallants Channel at a high spring tide. One problem with the channels in the area is the marker system. I've seen a lot of people get confused and go on the wrong side of the markers. Gallants channel north of the bascule bridge in Beaufort has the red markers on the left side as the seaward
end of the channel is to the NW even though it is further from the ocean. The channel from the Morehead City Bridge to Gallants Channel is the conventional RRR and so Is Gallants Channel viewed from that side. The Gallant channel to ICW
channel has the red channel markers on the left instead of the right. so If you're coming from the Morehead City Bridge and take the slight dogleg by going into Gallant channel and then up to the ICW intersection the channel markers change sides. It should also be noted that if you go through the Morehead City bridge that the markers on the south side of the bridge are harbor markers with the normal RRR but the markers to the North of the bridge are ICW markers where seaward
is defined as southbound so the red markers are now on the left at least for the left hand channel. If you proceed up the right hand channel to Gallant Channel the Red Markers are on the right. If from the ICW you turn into the channel to go to the yacht basin the markers again follow the RRR rule
and reds are on the right. It all gets pretty confusing to people without local knowledge and it keeps the salvage/towing companies quite prosperous.
Another issue is that I have seen people go a marker too far on Gallant Channel. When nearing the end of the channel a green marker #35 is clearly visible and appears to be in line with the current
channel. The problem is that it is an ICW marker and there's a shoal that is awash at low water
between the end of Gallant Channel and this marker. Sailboats usually just stick their keel
in the bank, but I've seen big power boats high and dry on this shoal several times.