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Old 09-20-2013, 09:17 AM
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Are the canals on Sunset Beach designed to handle boats (24+ in size)?
From what I can gather, the only way to get a boat in there would either be taking it in from the ocean between Ocean Isle and Sunset or through Tubbs Inlet via the ICW, both of which seem unreliable for larger sized boats.

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Old 09-20-2013, 10:50 AM
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from the ocean between Ocean Isle and Sunset - thats tubbs inlet -- to shallow

via the ICW - into jenks creek - [ that leads to tubs inlet] -- turn right at first set of houses --


tubbs is real shallow - i dont know of any boats that go out or in there

as i only have a flts boat i may be wrong - just never seen a boat go out tubbs or come in - even at high tide
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:55 AM
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I can get in there on high tide but cant stay too long...
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:35 PM
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I haven't been down that way so I looked it up on Google Maps. On the canals and Canal Drive I can see roughly 200 docks, but I see only 2 boats tied to those docks. That has to say something. Maybe the photo was taken in winter, but still...
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the channel in jinks creek is kinda narrow - and you sorta have to learn where it is -going in from the icw- stay to the left of the small island -- mostly stay to the outside of next left bend - second bend stay inside - then streight mostly to the right side -- -- google pics show the channel [dark water]

btw -- the crab floats are not channel markers--
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The majority of the boats there are 22 ft or less. The problem with the canals are draft and beam. A lot of the floating docks are drifters in that they are fixed to their gangplanks and drift in and out with the tides. At high tide they drift out and during summer months with other boats in the canal it can be a challenge for wide boats negotiating out the side canals with other boats docked. The canals were dredged 5-10 yrs ago which made a world of difference in the main and side canals. The main problems with water now are at the entrance to the main canal off Tubbs/jinx and entrance into jinx from the icw. My rule of thumb iis 2 hrs either side of low is fine for my 20 ft'r. Other than those times should be fine. Dead horse describes getting thru jinx. Hug the grass on the left when entering the access canal to sunset. Be sure to check out Tubbs at low tide to see when the water is. Those in the know take Tubbs out to the ocean. I wouldn't unless following someone. Keeping/ getting a 24 ft Is certainly doable.
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I have run out tubbs inlet one time... Not something for the faint of heart or something I will probably be doing again. I saw a Yellowfin bay boat run it so I figured it couldn't be too bad.
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The majority of the boats there are 22 ft or less. The problem with the canals are draft and beam. A lot of the floating docks are drifters in that they are fixed to their gangplanks and drift in and out with the tides. At high tide they drift out and during summer months with other boats in the canal it can be a challenge for wide boats negotiating out the side canals with other boats docked. The canals were dredged 5-10 yrs ago which made a world of difference in the main and side canals. The main problems with water now are at the entrance to the main canal off Tubbs/jinx and entrance into jinx from the icw. My rule of thumb iis 2 hrs either side of low is fine for my 20 ft'r. Other than those times should be fine. Dead horse describes getting thru jinx. Hug the grass on the left when entering the access canal to sunset. Be sure to check out Tubbs at low tide to see when the water is. Those in the know take Tubbs out to the ocean. I wouldn't unless following someone. Keeping/ getting a 24 ft Is certainly doable.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:18 AM
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If you're asking if you can run into the ocean out of Tubbs - I would highly discourage it unless you follow someone and even then it's risky.

If you're asking if you can creek fish in a 24ft boat - Like Jim said, at high tide yes but you still need to watch your depth. Once tide starts falling get out of there fast.

I fish those creeks every weekend and I still get stuck at times in my Scout and it drafts 9". You can always jump out and push it off because its mostly just muck but that would be a pain in the neck w a 24ft boat.

Of course, to contradict what I just said, there are oyster bars everywhere and I don't mean the ones where you can order a Bud.....
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dont touch the oyster shells - see this finger-- as me why its got a big cut on it --??
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:13 PM
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I have a 25 Parker and I fish throughout Jenks/Tubbs/EasternChannel on all tides. The only portion I can't access at low is the eastern channel from the mid island back to the bridge at OIB. There is also a bar blocking the way from Jenks into the ICW, but it is only an issue at dead low on a lunar/spring tide.

As far as the inlet goes, it isn't much worse than Shallotte inlet but it isn't marked.

I run it all the time and have for last 10 years. There are two fairly simple tricks-DO NOT run the inlet if wind and tide/current are opposing (this is a hard and fast rule), and like any other inlet, stay out of the white water. For the most part it is only doable at 3/4 tide and up on days with minimal swell, but I have floated across that bar at nearly dead low tide before. Some days the ocean is truly flat....

Most importantly, remember, that inlet is not marked, meaning not navigable, as far as insurance is concerned. Sinking/grounding in an unmarked inlet is not a covered event as far as I know.
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Sinking/grounding in an unmarked inlet is not a covered event as far as I know.

Nothing like that under EXCLUSIONS in my policy ...
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Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
Sinking/grounding in an unmarked inlet is not a covered event as far as I know. Nothing like that under EXCLUSIONS in my policy ...
Maybe I am wrong. Whatever. I run my boat through that inlet 20 or more times a year.
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Originally Posted by OriginalSinAgain View Post
Maybe I am wrong. Whatever. I run my boat through that inlet 20 or more times a year.
You are a braver man than I.

Also as far as saying its no worse than Shallotte, I'm skeptical. Sorry but I have a hard time believing you have 5-7 feet of water except at absolutely high tide, which you have even at low in shallotte.
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
You are a braver man than I. Also as far as saying its no worse than Shallotte, I'm skeptical. Sorry but I have a hard time believing you have 5-7 feet of water except at absolutely high tide, which you have even at low in shallotte.
The channel bends hard to the right as you leave the inlet. Runs about 300 yards down the beach (SSB side) and then turns ~90 degrees toward the ocean. With no swell there is about 2 feet of water on the bar at dead low where the channel crosses.

No big deal. You just need to take the time when the water is dead flat calm and find the right way. And follow the two rules. No go with opposing tide/wind and stay out if the white water.
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Looks like the Jinx/Tubbs entry to the access canal will be dredged in November.
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Originally Posted by OriginalSinAgain View Post
The channel bends hard to the right as you leave the inlet. Runs about 300 yards down the beach (SSB side) and then turns ~90 degrees toward the ocean. With no swell there is about 2 feet of water on the bar at dead low where the channel crosses.

No big deal. You just need to take the time when the water is dead flat calm and find the right way. And follow the two rules. No go with opposing tide/wind and stay out if the white water.
Why would I do all that when I can go out shallotte or little river?
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:25 PM
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I haven't seen any fishing boats use Tubbs Inlet to get out to the ocean this year-2014, looks way too shallow. Is Tubbs going to continue to fill in like Bird and Madd Inlet did? Will Jinks ever be dredged for the inshore fishermen and so that we can just get from ICW to Jinks ? Are the canals at Sunset going to really be dredged past the feeder canal ever ? otherwise it's going to be kayak heaven and no other boats (got nothing aginst kayaks....) Definitely NOT Deep Water Access for Sunset Beach North Shore development...
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Old 11-05-2014, 04:55 PM
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I was able to get into the canals this summer in my 24' at the highest tide to get to my house. At low tide I wouldn't recommend it. I paddle board in there and would guess they are a max of 2-2.5 feet at low tide. The main canal near the north shore development is deeper but only directly in the immediate center.
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