You may want to brace yourself for some weather
You'll have today to get to Beaufort, if you can make it. But, I wouldn't go much further.
Tue evening and Wed will be rough on the water
. I would look for a storm hole and ride it out.
Along the beaches 15 to 20 miles South from where you were at Mathews Point Marina the wind
and surf are going to get slightly challenging it not down right dangerous.
I don't want to be an alarmist, but you may want to take this NOAA report under advisement.
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
544 AM EST TUE NOV 26 2013
...HIGH SURF AND MINOR COASTAL FLOODING WILL IMPACT PORTIONS OF
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY...
.A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL LIFT
ACROSS THE CAROLINA
PIEDMONT PRODUCING STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS AROUND 25 TO 35 MPH ACROSS
REGION TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. THE STRONG WINDS WILL PRODUCE MINOR
COASTAL FLOODING AROUND 2 TO 3 FEET ACROSS THE NORTHERN PORTIONS
OF THE PAMLICO SOUND AND SOUND SIDE OUTER BANKS
. IN ADDITION...
LARGE WAVES WILL PRODUCE BREAKING WAVE AS HIGH AS 10 TO 12 FEET
WITH SIGNIFICANT WAVE RUN-UP BRINGING BEACH EROSION AND POSSIBLE
OCEAN OVERWASH TO TYPICALLY VULNERABLE AREAS.
544 AM EST TUE NOV 26 2013
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM
...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO
MIDNIGHT EST WEDNESDAY NIGHT...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
IN NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY HAS ISSUED
A HIGH SURF ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 5 PM EST WEDNESDAY. A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY HAS
ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM
7 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT EST WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
* LOCATION...HIGHEST SURF AND OCEAN-SIDE IMPACTS WILL OCCUR FROM
BUXTON SOUTH. SOUND-SIDE COASTAL FLOODING THREAT WILL BE GREATEST
NORTH OF OREGON
INLET WITH SOUTHERLY FLOW TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY
MORNING...THEN SHIFT TO SOUND-SIDE SOUTH OF OREGON
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS WINDS SHIFT TO WEST.
* TIMING...TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.
* SURF HEIGHT...AS HIGH AS 8 TO 12 FEET.
* COASTAL FLOODING...WATER LEVELS 2 TO 3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL.
* IMPACTS...LARGE BREAKING WAVE AND WAVE RUN UP WILL PRODUCE
DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION AND MAY
BRING OCEAN OVERWASH TO VULNERABLE LOCATIONS ALONG HIGHWAY 12.
A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
THE ADVISORY AREA...PRODUCING STRONG SHORE BREAK...DANGEROUS RIP
CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION.
A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE.
You're the Captain
, but I would batten down.
I'm sure Beaufort will feel some of this. It will be cold out there and hard to bring a boat to dock if there are significant wind
and waves trashing you about. This isn't a good time to negotiate for the best price
, wait until you get away from the US, fuel prices will certainly give you sticker shock. For now, keep your fuel level high and have that second anchor
standing by. Be sure to anchor in deep water
, high water will leave you beached when it finally recedes. Be ready with Plan B and Plan C, if necessary.
Low pressure system should move off Thursday
Good luck and sail safe.