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Bareboating (or Chartering) North Carolina Part II of II Bock Marine Builders on the eastern bank of the Adams Creek Cut along the ICW, located at the foot of the fixed bridge at MM 196. Bock Marine has good depth for overnight transients and offers lift and repair facilities.

(Part I was in the February Issue—available online in Back Issues at www.southwindsmagazine.com) By Mike Alyea Photos by Mike Alyea (unless noted otherwise)

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here are many reasons to plan a sailing charter exploring coastal North Carolina. It might be the lure of Blackbeard’s lost treasure and the sweet scent of pine in the air, or maybe its windswept beaches and historic lighthouses. Some folks are drawn by the delicious “Low Country cuisine” and quaint harbors, while others want a sailing experience ranging from the blue Atlantic to quiet gunkholes shared only with feeding dolphin and squawking blue jays. Regardless of the reasons, you’ll find it all when you sail these waters.

North Carolina Coastal Geography Looking over the appropriate charts, you will see that the cruising area comprises the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds along with the Neuse and Pamlico rivers; all interconnected by over 150 miles of the scenic ICW—allowing sailors easy access to Beaufort Inlet, Lookout Bight and the Atlantic Ocean. This area is quite large for a typical bareboat charter of several days. As the seagull flies, it’s 120 miles north to south from Albemarle Sound to Beaufort Inlet, and 60 miles east to west from Ocracoke to Washington, NC. Don’t feel too bad if you can’t cover it all!

Outer Banks, Inner Banks, Offshore and the ICW Study the area a bit and you’ll notice the distinctly different

Town Creek Marina just north of Beaufort, NC, near ICW MM 202. Good depths dockside and nice anchorage options nearby. A full service marina in every regard.

character of the Outer and Inner Banks—a study in contrasts. Working our way from east to west, you first begin on the beautiful, shell-strewn Atlantic beaches that make up the eastern ocean edge of the Outer Banks—the barrier islands forming the area’s eastern boundary. Continue west across Pamlico Sound for 15 to 30 miles and you’ll come to the Sound’s western shore that is the Inner Banks. Comprising salt marshes and river mouths, pine trees and hardwoods, the Inner Banks convey a feeling

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