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Old 05-24-2011, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pamlico Sound

I have not gone up Pamlico Sound. I would like to get from Beaufort to Coinjock in one day and the Sound seems to be the way to go. Are there any areas that should be avoided other than the charted shoal areas? It seems to be pretty straight forward with good depth all the way.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd never run the sound but recently someone here mentioned depths were all good and itwas a good alternate route

That said, there so little traffic this year that you wont loose to much time on the icw.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I ran it twice a few years ago and had no problems. Just watch the shoal areas and shrimp boats trawling.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I do both kind of regularly...

Pamlico sound route generally easier as more open allowing more use of autopilot for longer, straighter runs.

That said, we bumped the bottom while dead on center ICW approaching the Mann's Harbor Bridge from the south on our way to Coinjock in mid-April.

We were 82' long and 6+ feet draft (6'6"). Lucky just soft bottom but it happened round about the same spot about 5 years ago, too.
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The one time I took the Pamlico Route I got my butt handed to me. It chops up a lot due to its shallow depth and exposure. It does save about 2 hours, but I find the Alligator River much more enjoyable and interesting. Much depends on weather and your size and cruise speed.
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I do both kind of regularly...

Pamlico sound route generally easier as more open allowing more use of autopilot for longer, straighter runs.

That said, we bumped the bottom while dead on center ICW approaching the Mann's Harbor Bridge from the south on our way to Coinjock in mid-April.

We were 82' long and 6+ feet draft (6'6"). Lucky just soft bottom but it happened round about the same spot about 5 years ago, too.
do you remember what kind of winds you had? I believe dpeths on the Pamlico are affected by wind, just like other sounds and rivers in the area.

I draw 6+ as well and i'm always reluctant to try alternate routes...
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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There is a section just before the bridge 9south side) that can get quite shallow, if there is a low water situation you better use caution. I did that route last fall in a 130' and it saved me two hours on the trip from Coinjock to Beaufort. Call Louis at Coinjock and he can fax you a small chartlet with the deep water route, I did not need it as we had high water at the time.
That route can get rather bumpy, so watch you weather, it might not be worth it if it is blowing hard.
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When it's blowing 30+ knots from the NNE it is definitely bumpy. 8's, 10's, and maybe a 12 footer. Had to leave Hatteras village going north in that mess. Once we got up on the shoals it actually got better. It is very easy to navigate once you are out in the open. There is a 45' fixed bridge at Roanoke Island but that's about it for issues as I recall.
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When it's blowing 30+ knots from the NNE it is definitely bumpy. 8's, 10's, and maybe a 12 footer. Had to leave Hatteras village going north in that mess. Once we got up on the shoals it actually got better. It is very easy to navigate once you are out in the open. There is a 45' fixed bridge at Roanoke Island but that's about it for issues as I recall.
Any easterly winds get you pretty good out in Pamlico, and west winds get you when you turn into the river (going south).
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Winds were WSW, can't recall tide, though...
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I've run it many times and never had an issue and never noticed concerning shallower depths. I think the shallowest I ever saw was about 9'. They changed the channel north of I think it's the 1st bridge and it's deep. The only part that could be concerning is the narrowish channel just south of the 1st bridge. I've never had really rough seas in there either, but it is pretty open and if it's blowing 25 knots I'm sure it could get rough. It saves a lot of time. If the boat I'm running is under 20 knots, I use the ICW. If it's faster than that I run the sound and save a lot of time, because you just run at cruise the whole time. There are a few spots in the ICW route in that area that shoal also and you have to watch.
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The big thing that makes Pamlico not worth it to me southbound from Coinjock is that, although it saves you about 2 hours, unless you're running round the clock or your boat does close to 30 kts. you still end up in Beaufort, just earlier. When you get near 30 kts. you can make Writesville Beach, but there's nothing much in between. And if you get to Camp Legune and they have maneuvers going on you'll have rushed for nothing. With a 10 kt. boat that 2 hours gets you to Beaufort for dinner though. Northbound from Writesville or even Charleston via ocean (with a fast boat) it can get you to Coinjock for dinner. I usually just plan to stop in Beaufort because I enjoy it, and if the ocean is good I'll be outside and running at dawn to at least Georgetown and maybe as far as Hilton Head with a good boat.
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The boat is 100' and it can get up around 16 or so (better in shallow water) but I usually cruise at 11.5 or so. Could I make it from Beaufort to Coinjock in one day at that speed using the ICW?
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:27 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Take the ICW, at that speed you will just be sucking bottom and probably not save much time. Figure on 12 hours from Coinjock to Beaufort. Any time I ran a boat that could not get up and go I went the ICW. The sounds are only worth it if you can go fast.
PS- for updated hang ups, check the Waterway guide web site, there's alot of useful information on there.
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:49 AM   #15 (permalink)
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actually, i find that Active Captain has a lot more good up to date info than most other sites.

that stretch of the ICW is easy and plenty deep. the only spot where some folks get in trouble is at the north end of the Alligator river. Northbound, at G9 you want to go straight for G7 and follow the ICW line which pass on a building shoal on the west side.

another reason to take the Pamlico route is the Alligator river bridge which doens't open when winds are over 25kts. but then, if it's blowing 25kt you may not want to be in the sound anyway...

it's about 140NM from Beaufort to Coinjock so while doable in a day at 11kts, it's a long one... I never stop in Coinjock, instead i anchor out in the Alligator river. Depending on the wind, there is decent protection at the south end, either off the east shoreline or if it's blowing from the north there is plenty of room and water between the end of the canal and the river.

that leaves about 100NM for the next day arriving in Portsmouth in time to refuel (fuel there is usually the cheapest arround)
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