Beneteau 49, air draft 64'-3", draft 6'-9". I would really like to come inside of Hatteras but fear the Wilkerson bridge is too low. Is there any tide there that could help or is it just too low? Any other problems along the way? Thanks for the advice.
With your boat I would fear the ICW more than Hatteras.
Just wait for a good weather window and it should be no different that sailing any other place in the ocean.
Again the secret is weather weather weather.
If you do not have a good window DON'T GO!
If you do choose the ICW please let us know how it went.
I agree. Obviously there are parts where you would be fine however with a 7ft (conservatively) you can bet on kissing the ground often. The only real tide that may help is the wind tide but it more often pushes water out. A few weeks ago it was nearly 4ft down in Washington, NC from the heavy winds shooting east.
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