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Old 21-12-2020, 06:16   #1
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Heading South; Comparison

Heading south; 50 foot trawler, 6 foot draft.
would anyone have any thoughts about comparing the ICW run from Norfolk to
Albemarle sound (have made 7 times ok) to the ICW run from Beaufort, NC to Charleston? Or perhaps Charleston southward?
I have always run these legs outside, Beaufort - Charleston or maybe Beaufort - Stuart if the weather is kind.
I will be in Oriental NC / River Dunes Tuesday the 22nd of December. The weather offshore does not look kind for quite a while. Sit, go or try the ICW?
Any thoughts, experience appreciated.
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Old 21-12-2020, 08:43   #2
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Re: Heading South; Comparison

I like inside to morehead, outside to charleston.
Morehead to charelston inside is not enjoyable to me. Of course others will disagree
But we ran aground more in that stretch then the entire rest of the icw last year. Of course that was our first time and we are more adept at reading the water now, but it wasn't fun.
Also one of the worst stretches for anchorages.
But as I said, we have really only been through there once
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Thank you Chris. Sounds like once was enough. I do know that my ability to navigate 20 feet/yards outside the green marker and other similar guidance approaches zero. Maybe break it up at cape fear but the days are short.thanks again. Tom
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Re: Heading South; Comparison

It was definately frustrating, but....if I was faced with 2 weeks of no good window for outside, I would take the icw route. The season is getting late, I'm sure you want to be someplace warmer.
However, a 24 hour calm outside can cover a week of travel in.
Like all things on a boat, it's a balance.
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