Oriental and the Pamlico Sound are close and in the other direction the ocean inlet is only a half hour cruise. It occasionally gets into the high 20's but overall a pleasant winter in NC. About the safest, most convenient place you could find at a reasonable price. Porpoise and wild horses, clean water, great restaurants. And you might run inyo Boatman61.
just read your posts and wish you all the best. great reading
we boat in the UK east coast and have a pearl motor boat, been boating for years, now reaching 55 we are thinking about going liveaboard and dreaming of getting a 45ft trawler and doing the ICW or may well end up on our pearl doing the canal down to the med... more research needed...lol
heather and steve