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NC Anchorages – AICW, Adams Creek to Beaufort and Morehead City (Statute Mile 185 to 207)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-18-2009

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Please Note That Anchorages Below Are Listed in Rough Geographic Format, Moving North to South

Cedar Creek Anchorage

Posted by admin | Posted on 03-13-2007

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

Posted by admin | Posted on 03-12-2007

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

Posted by admin | Posted on 03-11-2007

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

Posted by admin | Posted on 03-10-2007

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)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-10-2007

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)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-10-2007

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)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-10-2007

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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