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Old 08-14-2018, 10:29 PM
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Hey guys, I did some searching and didn't really find anything specific to this. How much boat is needed to safely navigate Oregon Inlet? I am slowly restoring a 30' Wellcraft Scarab and I am hoping that it is enough boat.
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Old 08-15-2018, 04:33 AM
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I am not trying to be a SA but it is not always the boat....it's the captain...and it looks like you have the boat.
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:28 AM
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I am not trying to be a SA but it is not always the boat....it's the captain...and it looks like you have the boat.
What he said
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:34 AM
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I use a 30 foot twin engine diesel Rampage to go offshore from Oregon Inlet. What the other fellows said- captain makes a big difference. Pick your days.

Biggest problem is the bar in front of the inlet.
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:27 AM
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Reliable equipment and knowing how to use it is #1 for offshore anywhere. Then pick days. I had great luck fishing OI in my Kencraft 206 when I picked good weather days. Felt better in my dad's 24 Albemarle, and now in my own 26 CC. Bottom line is its all relative to the weather, as there are still days where the big boys choose to stay home. Watch the forecasts- Single good days surrounded by bad days never seem to be as good as the prediction. Look for a couple decent days in a row. 4 footers on a 9+ second interval, or 3's at 7-8 is probably an okay day in boats our size, with 4's at 7 probably pushing the limits of comfort and safety. Otherwise, go for it!
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:46 AM
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Ran my 26' Albemarle out of there often, also been on 65' buddy cannady, also been on a 21' intruder.
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:46 AM
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That is plenty of boat if you are careful with the weather. Also, watch where the swell is coming from in the forecast. That is what causes the worst breakers in the inlet - the swell running up against an outgoing tide.
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:53 AM
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Fish OI enough times and you're gonna have a few trips that youre gonna wish you had a bigger boat
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:24 PM
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I used to run my 19 sea pro out of their when I was young, really stupid idea by the way.. that place will kick your arse
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Old 08-15-2018, 01:17 PM
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Depends on the day. I take my 22ft often. I look for 2-3 and light wind.
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24' for me as others have said, experience plays a large part
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Originally Posted by amofgreenville View Post
I used to run my 19 sea pro out of their when I was young, really stupid idea by the way.. that place will kick your arse
HAHA. Me too!!!!
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Been running my 25 (28 loa)open year round out of OI since 2006. Seen some nasty crap. Take your time watch the weather and tides you will be fine. Run the inshore stuff a bunch to gain some local knowlage. Learn as much as yoi can about the tides and wind.
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Ran the 23 walk around out of there for 4 years before buying the Fountain. Back to the 23 now will be doing the same.
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I ran an 18.5 cathedral hull McKee Craft through there a goodly number of times. One time ran it almost to the Va. line. Also fished down to just off of Rodanthe.

This was in the early 2000s (2002 boat with 2003 Yamaha).

Limited on stripers every time and once limited out and came in and went to the west side of Manteo (can not remember the water....Alligator River or something been a while) and limited on inland stripers in the same day.

I always watched the wind direction and what it would do to any waves and never had a problem...….except the one time that when I was coming in I stopped just outside the inlet to try some bottom fishing and a dense fog started rolling in. I got caught in it and used the track back feature on my gps and got back to the bridge where the fog was not present.. Believe me I was sweating bullets relying solely on the gps, but I saw buoys within a few feet of where they were supposed to be. And was very, very lucky!....and I was praying a lot.

I have never been accused of being overly intelligent but I actually am stupid enough to get an excitement from it. Would not do it today and I still have that boat. Just do not want to push the limits as I once did.

OP, please do not do as I did!
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Sell the Wellcraft immediately and buy the 87' Spencer "Bangarang" that is currently for sale. Weather won't be an issue.....but fuel, payments, draft, dockage, provisions etc. The boat was built locally to OI and can handle whatever you throw at it.
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Marlinmate1 View Post
Sell the Wellcraft immediately and buy the 87' Spencer "Bangarang" that is currently for sale. Weather won't be an issue.....but fuel, payments, draft, dockage, provisions etc. The boat was built locally to OI and can handle whatever you throw at it.
With a 5'6" draft your gonna have more issues before you get to the inlet.
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When we used to be able to actually catch stripers out of OI, In Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb ran a 18 foot Seahunt duel console (and 115 HP 2 stroke) later a center console Seahunt 202 Triton (150 hp F150). Had to be very careful and picked my days and sometimes it was hairy on the way out --- tried to follow the fleet out and back in if possible. Totally agree on captain dependent and being smart about your choices. Had to pick when to surf the waves.
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There are days you can make it out in a kayak and there are days 100' isn't enough.

I ran a 26' out of there all times of the year and have definitely surfed some waves in.
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