Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-16-2012
The only anchorage worthy of consideration by cruising-size craft on the Pasquotank River south of Elizabeth City is found on the broad stream’s southwestern banks northwest of flashing daybeacon #7. Here, Forbes Bay offers plenty of swinging room and 6- to 8-foot depths. There is reasonably good shelter from southwestern and
western winds and fair protection from northwestern and southeastern breezes. Strong blows from the north or northeast call for another strategy. Please note that this is not an appropriate foul weather hidey hole. Along the bay’s northwestern banks, set amidst moderate residential development, is a large brick structure which once served as a hospital.
The best spot to drop the hook is on the waters of the bay’s mid-width at least 150 yards from shore. Closer in, depths rise sharply.