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Old 08-14-2009, 09:22 AM
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I fish out of Colington w/ a bud quite often. I just wanted to know if there was anywhere else some locals might know about that were similar. My bud I fish with wasn't sure about Nags Head Cove. Just wanted to see if I could get closer to OI than Colington and be able to dock my boat behind the house. Pirates Cove seems to be for the rich, and that leaves me out. Just looking for a second home that will eventually become permanent if I ever make enough money to retire.
Also, looking for some local knowledge as far as tides and what winds do to the water in the sound. My bud tells me a north wind seems to lower the water in Colington, is this true for Nags Head Cove? This is what I need to know. Like if I go offshore fishing and come back to a north wind would I be able to get back into Nags Head Cove?
To be safe I would need at least 3' of water
Hmmm,
I live in Colington just off the main harbor. Have about 7 1/2' avg depth at the end of my dock. The inlet into the sound is 6' but we are due for a dredge to get back to full width of the inlet. CAMA is slow to approve anything these days. On an extended strong west blow we will get +2' added to that depth and about 12" from the top of the bulkhead (gotta watch for flooding round these parts as well). On and extended strong E-NE blow depth will drop by 2'. Water levels return to avg almost as soon as the wind stops, and believe me, you wouldn't want to be out on the water during those blows. For more modest winds (a day or two at 10-20knots) the levels will vay by +/- 1 foot. Hurricane Isabel pulled the water completely out of the harbor, so factor that in as well. BTW, some of my neighbors trailer down to Oregon Inlet instead of motoring to save on gas. All depends

Colington is considered "low-rent" in these parts but no debt, semi-retirement at 50, and this view at the end of each day suits us just fine

Cheers and good luck!
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There are some nice homes behind the CVS in Manteo that you can see from Pirates Cove and also another nice area that has a small marina - I think its north of downtown Manteo that would work.

I have a place at Pirates Cove so let me know if you have any questions about there.

Renting a condo over labor Day there. What is the name of the place that allows you to store a tboat trailer?
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You can keep it at my house if you give me a ride on the Kingair! (Especially if I can sit left seat a log it...lol)
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I live in KHL,I hun a 25' sea cat with no problem.

We have a 40' IB down the canal who only come and goes on a south wind.

The canal with the jetty is very shallow at the entrance.

The assocation has dredge permits in hand and are in the process of getting bids to dredge the canals.

from our entrance it's 5 min to collington harbor.

If you need more information e-mail me your phone number.
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You can keep it at my house if you give me a ride on the Kingair! (Especially if I can sit left seat a log it...lol)
Driving down so won't have, but I appreciate the offer of trade
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Driving down so won't have, but I appreciate the offer of trade
Hook a trailer hitch to the tail and tie a couple para-sails onto the stern of the boat and you can fly with the boat...just watch out for the landing flare.
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I have been lurking for a while and this one caught my eye. I live in Old Nags Head Cove and keep a 20' Sea Hawk out back.

Nags Head cove dredged their channels to 5' a couple of years ago but the entrance has since filled in to about 3'. There is a 30' fountain down the canal from me with trip 300s and he makes it alright but I am sure he trims them up. Nags Head Cove has to maintain the entrance on their own so it won't be getting any better any time soon. Canal front houses start in the Cove at $350,000 and go up.

Colington has an entrance maintained the Coast Guard so it constantly has deep water getting in and out. Colington sells gas to the public so they maintain the channel for them and keep a lit channel marker on it. This is why you see so many blow boaters in Colington. Canal front houses w/50' water start at $230,000 in Colington and go up.

The Penninsula behind Pirates Cove doesn't have enough water in an out for a boat like yours.

Heritage point doesn't have canals and you keep your boat in the marina. House here start at $639,000 and go way up.

There are no houses for sale on the canals in Manteo. These are rare and seldom come up for sale.

There are no houses for sale in Marshes Light and if you buy here you also have to buy a slip.

Shallowbag only has condos and you have to buy a slip.

There is nothing for sale in Wanchese right now.

Pirates Cove doesn't have any canal front houses for sale right now but there are a bunch of condos. Some of the condos come with a boat slip but it might not be behind your condo.

There are a couple of houses for sale in Baum Bay Harbor and Colington Creek Estates but the water getting in and out is tricky, especially for a boat like yours.

Everywhere on the OBX has wind driven tides and the water will always be lower in the lee.

Colington is your best bet.

If you would like a list of all the canalfront houses or condos for sale drop me an email greg@outerbankshome.com
Some of your statements are just not true........................


The Penninsula behind PC has plenty of water, their are two large boats at the docks. One is a large Everglades with triples the other is a 30 some foot convertible with stern drive. Around the homes the water is 8-10 feet deep. The canals run 4-6 feet deep.

Their are two home for sale at Marshes Light (the only two built) their is also plenty of land being sold to build on. If you buy in Marshes Light you DO NOT have to buy a slip. I should know we almost bought a home there.

Their are lots of homes for sale

http://www.villagerealtyobx.com/Oute...SearchResults/
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Old 08-20-2009, 04:14 AM
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Pirates Cove doesn't have any canal front home for sale????

That funny, here's a bunch of listings for them.

[http://www.mattmyatt.idxco.com/idx/4...ID=251&sfrType[]=Condo&sfrType[]=Co-Ownership&sfrType[]=Duplex&sfrType[]=Manufactured&sfrType[]=Multi-Family%202-4%20Units&sfrType[]=Single%20Family%20-%20Detached&sfrType[]=Townhouse&city[]=28299&ba=0&srt=DESC&aw_waterfrontLocation[]=Canalfront
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Twobyfour,
I have had a house in Colington Harbour for 2 years now and I had the same concerns you have when I purchased. The big closer for me was the ability to pull the boat up to the dock and walk off and into the garage/house and of course price. We trailered for 7 years back and forth and then we fished the WMO and had a dock behind the house we rented. Damn, that was extremely easy and nice not to have to load and trailer the boat.
We have a little over 50' of dock frontage and it is prob. 200 or so yards across the harbour to the homes across the water, so the view is nice and you have a steady stream of boats to look at. It is 3.5' at the bulkhead so it will handle the draft of a larger boat. Actually, we have trailered from the house and it is just as long, so you can be on the boat ready to roll or drive down and launch the boat leaving the inlet at the same time.
I think it all boils down to what you feel fits your need and budget best. I would love to be in PC with a bigger house and a slip but that was just too expensive for a vacation home.
I imagine your friend is Bill/Reel Fancy and he definately is the guy who I would look to for advice. Best of luck with your search.
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Twobyfour,
I have had a house in Colington Harbour for 2 years now and I had the same concerns you have when I purchased. The big closer for me was the ability to pull the boat up to the dock and walk off and into the garage/house and of course price. We trailered for 7 years back and forth and then we fished the WMO and had a dock behind the house we rented. Damn, that was extremely easy and nice not to have to load and trailer the boat.
We have a little over 50' of dock frontage and it is prob. 200 or so yards across the harbour to the homes across the water, so the view is nice and you have a steady stream of boats to look at. It is 3.5' at the bulkhead so it will handle the draft of a larger boat. Actually, we have trailered from the house and it is just as long, so you can be on the boat ready to roll or drive down and launch the boat leaving the inlet at the same time.
I think it all boils down to what you feel fits your need and budget best. I would love to be in PC with a bigger house and a slip but that was just too expensive for a vacation home.
I imagine your friend is Bill/Reel Fancy and he definately is the guy who I would look to for advice. Best of luck with your search.

Yes, I fish with Bill. Great guy..

Thanks for all the info guys..
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I fished with a gentleman whose home is on the main canal in Old Nags head Cove. Years ago he would bring his 31 Bertram from Pirates Cove to the dock at his home for the winter to do maintenance and repairs. However, it was tricky getting in and there were many times that we would go to work on the boat and it was sitting on the bottom.
As said before the canals may be deep enough, but one good blow and the entrance is filled in.
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I have been lurking for a while and this one caught my eye. I live in Old Nags Head Cove and keep a 20' Sea Hawk out back.

Nags Head cove dredged their channels to 5' a couple of years ago but the entrance has since filled in to about 3'. There is a 30' fountain down the canal from me with trip 300s and he makes it alright but I am sure he trims them up. Nags Head Cove has to maintain the entrance on their own so it won't be getting any better any time soon. Canal front houses start in the Cove at $350,000 and go up.

Colington has an entrance maintained the Coast Guard so it constantly has deep water getting in and out. Colington sells gas to the public so they maintain the channel for them and keep a lit channel marker on it. This is why you see so many blow boaters in Colington. Canal front houses w/50' water start at $230,000 in Colington and go up.

The Penninsula behind Pirates Cove doesn't have enough water in an out for a boat like yours.

Heritage point doesn't have canals and you keep your boat in the marina. House here start at $639,000 and go way up.

There are no houses for sale on the canals in Manteo. These are rare and seldom come up for sale.

There are no houses for sale in Marshes Light and if you buy here you also have to buy a slip.

Shallowbag only has condos and you have to buy a slip.

There is nothing for sale in Wanchese right now.

Pirates Cove doesn't have any canal front houses for sale right now but there are a bunch of condos. Some of the condos come with a boat slip but it might not be behind your condo.

There are a couple of houses for sale in Baum Bay Harbor and Colington Creek Estates but the water getting in and out is tricky, especially for a boat like yours.

Everywhere on the OBX has wind driven tides and the water will always be lower in the lee.

Colington is your best bet.

If you would like a list of all the canalfront houses or condos for sale drop me an email greg@outerbankshome.com
you do not have to buy a slip in Marshes light If you buy a lot.. I own one
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