The worst weather
I ever experienced happened while leaving Ocracoke
headed up the Pamlico towards Norfolk. Ocracoke
has an extremely protected harbor and it was flat calm. With NOAA's reported 3 foot waves, we left. The channel is shallow and difficult and by the time we were at the end of it, the waves were 3-5. In another 30 minutes, water
was breaking over my bow. My bow is 10 feet off the water
. There is almost no protection in that area at all. We threw out the anchor
behind a 3 foot shoal powering forward to slow the reverse progress from the wind
and allowing the anchor
to set. It was a wicked experience.
The next day was flat calm and it was a beautiful cruise
for the remainder of the Pamlico. Roanoke/Manteo is a place I would like to go to some day.
is very well protected with a lot of options for overnights.