Sounds like you're all over the inside route
to Beaufort. You can sail the Pamlico Sound down to Manteo or Ocracoke
, or just down the western side as you make your way to the Neuse. That can be great sailing, and I always take that route when headed to the Chesapeake and back if the wind is right. I used to be able to sail under the bridge in the Croatan sound, W of Roanoke Is. I think they are dredging the channel to Manteo anyway, and that's a nice stop with a free dock
and a good anchorage.
As far as south from Beaufort, I often recommend putting out to sea at dark from Beaufort or Cape Lookout (my preference at dark) and sailing overnight to Wrightsville Beach, coming in at MAsonboro at dawn or as inlet conditions dictate. It is a straight shot from Beaufort to Charleston or Winyah Bay taking this route on the inside, in lieu of around frying pan. Time it correctly and you can catch the falling tide out the Cape Fear making 7+ knots with the current, and you'll be in Charleston the next day. Bald Head
Island marina is near Cape Fear inlet, and a good place to tank up if needed before putting back out to sea. Being a new boat
and route, this will give you the most options, while sailing a very direct route, mostly offshore
. Allows you to anchor/moor in Wrightsville or Carolina beach and rest up for next leg down the river and back out to sea, although with crew, I keep on trucking.
Good luck with the boat purchase
. June is a sweet time to be on the water
, and that's a great route with lots of good sailing and places to drop the hook and relax.