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Archive For: Anchorages9 ICW, Adams Creek to Beaufort and Morehead City (Statute Mile 185 to 207)

  • Cedar Creek Anchorage

    Statute Mile: 188
    Lat/Lon: near 34 55.990 North/076 38.861 WestLocation: off the eastern flank of the ICW, east of flashing daybeacon #9
    Minimum Depth: 6 feet
    Special Comment: note, there is a sunken sailboat with its mast exposed at the entrance to this anchorage, so proceed slowly to avoid this wreck. Entrance into this anchorage may or may not be impeded by the presence of crab pots and fish traps
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
    Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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  • Town Creek Outer Anchorage

    Statute Mile: 201
    Lat/Lon: near 34 43.564 North/076 40.002 West
    Location: on the western waters of Town Creek, east of unlighted daybeacon #1
    Minimum Depth: 7 1/2 feet
    Special Comment: cruisers must negotiate the confusing Gallants Channel, or cruise through the restricted Grayden Paul Bridge to access this anchorage.
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
    Foul Weather Shelter: Very good, except open to strong northwesterly winds

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  • Town Creek Inner Anchorage

    Statute Mile: 201
    Lat/Lon: near 34 43.467 North/076 39.784 West
    Location: on the rear portion of Town Creek, north of the charted south side shoal
    Minimum Depth: 5 ½ foot depths
    Special Comment: cruisers must negotiate the confusing Gallants Channel, or cruise through the restricted Grayden Paul Bridge to access this anchorage.
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet; swing room restricted by resident vessels on permanent moorings
    Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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  • Taylor Creek/Beaufort Waterfront Anchorage

    Statute Mile: 201
    Lat/Lon: near 34 42.955 North/076 40.014 West
    Location: on the westerly waters of Taylor Creek, abeam of the Beaufort downtown waterfront
    Minimum Depth: 7 feet
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
    Foul Weather Shelter: Good

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  • Shackleford Banks Anchorage (off the AICW, near Beaufort Inlet)

    Shackleford Banks Anchorage
    Lat/Lon: 34 41.629 North/076 39.337 West
    Location: east of the gap between Beaufort Inlet’s markers #19 and #17
    Minimum Depth: 15 feet
    Special Note: the main purpose of anchoring here is to facilitate dinghy exploration of adjacent Shackleford Banks. Overnight anchorage should not be attempted except during fair weather, with not even a hint of strong winds or thunderstorms in the forecast
    Swing Room: sufficient room for most any size vessel
    Foul Weather Shelter: Poor, fair weather and light air anchorage only

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  • Shackleford Banks/Jetty Anchorage (off the AICW, east of Beaufort Inlet)

    Shackleford Banks/Jetty Anchorage
    Lat/Lon: 34 41.245 North/076 38.596 West
    Location: east of the charted jetty and marker #2, north of Shackleford Banks
    Minimum Depth: 8 feet
    Special Note: you must pass hard by the northern side of marker #2 to reach this anchorage safely. The charted shoal north of #2 is now much closer to the marker than is depicted on chart 11545. Also, be sure NOT to attempt to pass south of #2
    Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
    Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, wide open to northern, northeastern, northwestern and eastern winds

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  • Cape Lookout Bight Anchorage (off the AICW, via Beaufort Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean)

    Cape Lookout Bight Anchorage
    Lat/Lon: 34 37.395 North/076 32.931 West
    Location: lies east of Cape Lookout Bight’s marker #1
    Minimum Depth: 15 to 30 feet
    Special Note: Be sure to cruise to Cape Lookout Bight by way of Beaufort Inlet and the ocean. While it is possible to enter Cape Lookout Bight from the rear by way of Back Sound and Barden Inlet, this route is shallow and subject to continual change. Don’t even think about attempting this back door without very specific, up-to-date local knowledge
    Swing Room: sufficient room for most any size vessel
    Foul Weather Shelter: Good, but somewhat open to northern and northeastern winds

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