In early to mid-May, we will be bringing our sloop
, 6.5' draft
, 63' bridge clearance) from Antigua
to the northern Outer Banks
to use a base while we start planning and building a vacation
home in Duck, NC. Pirates Cove on Roanoke Island is our top choice for our home base. Any thoughts?
But the bigger problem is getting to Roanoke Island: Our thinking is that in ideal conditions, we probably can get through Ocracoke
Inlet and come straight up the sounds (via the channels of course). However, if we arrive off Ocracoke
and conditions are NOT perfect, we have to either backtrack southwest to Morehead City/Beaufort area (and then face a long trek up the ICW
and/or sounds) or swing out and around Cape Hatteras to Cape Henry and then transit down the ICW
from Norfolk. The transit down from Norfolk looks easier and faster than coming up from Morehead City
. Whether we choose Antigua
to Cape Henry or Antigua to Morehead City
looks to be little different as far as the actual ocean passage
is concerned. But coming down the ICW from the north to Roanoke Island looks much simpler and quicker than coming up from Moorehead City.
So, we think our best bet is forget about Ocracoke inlet, and sail straight into the Chesapeake and then come down to Roanoke Island via the Virginia Cut. Any thoughts?
Thanks for your interest.