I was the commodore for the Ragged Point Yacht Club
for a couple years. The New River is a great place to sail, and a great place to have a sailboat. Draft
of less then 6' is implied in the rest of what I will post... much over 6' and I would have different advice.
The trip down the Bay and the ICW
is a great journey, have made it several times and it includes some of the best parts
of the ICW. Give yourself about 2 weeks for the trip if you can, always best to take your time on the trip.
You will not want to miss the Dismal Swamp, do not listen to the ney sayers...
Here are a couple links that you may find helpful.
Delivering Ariel Spirit
and s/v Faith
The second link has pictures of Gottchalks marina, one of 2 marinas
(both allow live aboards) aboard Lejeune. Feel free to PM or post any questions.