I go through there quite regularly and you'll be fine with a 5' draft. Just keep it in the channel and there is plenty of water
Try and hit Adam's Creek on an ebbing tide you gain a ton of speed. Up to 2 or 3 knots.
Like someone else said, look out once you get into Newport
Marsh just north of the Morehead bridge to Beaufort. There was shoaling around Red nun 30A but stay in the middle and you're fine. At daymarker Red 34 and Green 35, if you look to port, you'll see the OLD entrance to Gallant's Channel. DO NOT THINK YOU CAN GET THROUGH! You'll hit about 2' of skinny water. If you want to get to Beaufort, you'll need to enter at Green over Red "RS" marker to the north OR go all the way to the bridge and double-back between the 2 and 3 nun and can and head
up the "back way".
Bouge Sound looks worse than it is. The only thing I am not a fan of is that the markers can be pretty far apart. More than I would like, but more than points further south on the waterway. Again, just stay in the middle and there is plenty of water the whole way to Swansboro.
It's all pretty well marked and easy to follow with a paper chart. Currents can be a little tricky down there, but nothing you can't handle I wouldn't think. Traffic will also be high, but they are usually pretty well behaved. They buzz around and are only trying to get to their favorite fishin' hole or sand spot. Maintain your course and they know what to do.
PM me if you have any other questions.