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Old 06-18-2011, 08:13 PM
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I am looking at doing a daytrip aboard my 19.5 dual console Sea Pro 4th of July week this year. I have studied my charts and I am not real excited about taking a inside trip from Teach's Lair at Hatteras to Silver Lake. I looked at heading out of Rollinson Channel and running inside down to Big Slough Channel. Is there a better way? Everything on my charts show shallow water if I run close to the islands inshore. I have considered running outside also as long as there is no threatening weather. Which way is best? Thanks for your reply.
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:00 PM
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I've blown out of HI one or two times on a questionable weather report and been punished by the necessity of seeking shelter inside Ocracoke inlet and the associated soundside trip "outside the reef" northeast thru the Pamlico sound back to hatteras eventually via Rolinson Chanel.

You basically follow the ferry channel out of silver lake to the last marker and make a right, staying far enough off the reef (roughly about 4 miles off the island) that you clear all the bars and hazzards.

You have a small boat but short of knowing all the guts, cuts and sloughs, bobbing and weaving your way on the "inside passage" is almost impossible. If the weather is feasible, the ocean trip will save you a few miles. If the weather is not nice, even traveling the "sound route" will be very rough and uncomfortable.
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:23 AM
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The more I look at this the better the ocean looks. Thanks for your reply.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:44 AM
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Going outside, you want to pick your weather and sea conditions carefully and get some up to the minute local knowledge on both inlets. They are both capable of killing you.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by caltexflanc View Post
Going outside, you want to pick your weather and sea conditions carefully and get some up to the minute local knowledge on both inlets. They are both capable of killing you.

I am pretty knowledgeable on Hatteras Inlet however Ocracoke looks pretty tricky on the map. Looks like there is a lot of breakers on the NE side of the inlet. I will definitely pick my days weather wise for sure.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:41 PM
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I've blown out of HI one or two times on a questionable weather report and been punished by the necessity of seeking shelter inside Ocracoke inlet and the associated soundside trip "outside the reef" northeast thru the Pamlico sound back to hatteras eventually via Rolinson Chanel.

You basically follow the ferry channel out of silver lake to the last marker and make a right, staying far enough off the reef (roughly about 4 miles off the island) that you clear all the bars and hazzards.

You have a small boat but short of knowing all the guts, cuts and sloughs, bobbing and weaving your way on the "inside passage" is almost impossible. If the weather is feasible, the ocean trip will save you a few miles. If the weather is not nice, even traveling the "sound route" will be very rough and uncomfortable.
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Ocean, twice as fast and easy, remember though, that on summer afternoons when the sea breeze picks up that Hatteras Inlet with be sloppy for a 19'
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:39 PM
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Stayed on our boat at Silver Lake several times. Fourth of July week-end can get very crowded. Do you have a slip available?
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:38 PM
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I am at Ocracoke this week and last. The Ocracoke inlet is tricky, coming from the North you need to stay inside the outside bar till you see the last two markers of the inlet. If you come all the way down the beach from Hatteras to the sea buoy and try to come in you most likely will hit the bar and be in some very serious surf. I have run that inlet many years and this year it is messed up, chart will not help. Do not recommend entering from the ocean if you have not come out and now where to find water. Not saying it can’t be done but you better have your act together and I would not want to be coming in trying to figure out what was right.

Traveling from Teach’s to Ocracoke via Big Foot can also be really rough in a 19 foot boat. Big Foot on a wind opposing tide can be some of the biggest seas of the sound. Dredge was out there last week trying to keep the marked channel open for ferry. In years past we made the trip a couple of time in 24 footer and said not again. To hit good sea and wind conditions both ways in good weather is tough this time of year. Remember, even the deep water is only 10- 15 foot and can get really steep and close waves.

Best beat, put the boat in the trailer and drive down and launch in Ocracoke. If the public ramp is too rough to launch be glad you are not out there trying to make the trip. The trip looks great on the map, last time we made the trip back from Hatters it took 3-4 hours of beating because of short steep chop in 4-5 footers about 7-8 feet apart.

I am all for exploring and learning new waters but this is not the trip it looks like on the chart.

Other comments about Ocracoke on the 4th are also true. Better have reservations, it’s their biggest weekend of the year.

Have fun and be safe.
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Originally Posted by monobill View Post
I am at Ocracoke this week and last. The Ocracoke inlet is tricky, coming from the North you need to stay inside the outside bar till you see the last two markers of the inlet. If you come all the way down the beach from Hatteras to the sea buoy and try to come in you most likely will hit the bar and be in some very serious surf.
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You have to stay inside the sea buoys and run north along the shoreline inside of the breakers/ bar for about a mile then bust out. Only 6ft of water if you bust straight out with breakers in your face. Inside, the channel markers aren't correct either. Talk to the local charter fleet down by the anchorage inn. At can 20A you take a 180* heading until you pick the channel back up coming from silver lake. If you follow the marked channel it takes you into some 3-4 ft stuff. Would be fine for your boat though.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:32 AM
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Made the trip from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke a few weeks ago and got the snot beat out of us in the sound. That is one bad place when the wind is up. Also the inlet at Ocracoke is getting real bad you have to be very careful. I don't remember it being that bad last year. It's a great trip on a nice day though.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:59 AM
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Ocracoke inlet was 2.5 feet at the bar last Thursday at low tide, it was a full moon though.....
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:06 PM
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I ran from Hatteras Village to Ocracoke yesterday in my Sea Hunt 232 Ultra. I shot out the channel from Hatteras (sound side) and ran down to the ferry channel cutting into Ocracoke. Took about 40 minutes. Not a bad little run.
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Yep, on the right day it can be easily done. Yesterday the sound was flat with light winds.
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Hey BlueWaterRunner, did you make the trip during the 4th?
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