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Oriental Harbor Anchorage

Statute Mile: 181
Lat/Lon: near 35 01.393 North/076 41.873 West
Location: just off the slips associated with Oriental Yacht Club which is hard by the northwesterly banks of the primary Oriental town harbor, northeast of flashing daybeacon #8
Minimum Depth: 6-feet
Special Note: Oriental town dinghy dock lies just to the north of this anchorage, and is easily accessible
Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet; this anchorage is often crowded
Foul Weather Shelter: Good, except wide open to strong southern and southwestern winds


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (3)

  1. Carol Small -  November 13, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    Wednesday November 13, 2013
    There’s more space for visiting boats to anchor in Oriental’s harbor now that the French-crewed sailboat, Primadonna, has been towed to Morehead City. Primadonna has been anchored in Oriental’s harbor since it arrived last November. It was one of four such homesteading boats taking up space normally used by many cruisers on their annual treks south and north. The other three boats continue to homestead in the anchorage.
    Carol Small from

  2. Dorissa -  February 3, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    Oriental has a free town dock that holds 2-3 boats. 48 hr limit per month. While visiting this town don’t forget to drop in the marine consignment store within walking distance from all anchorages and marinas here. Purchase just about anything you need for your sailing journey at a huge discount. They stock new and used items! They will also sell your unwanted nautical/marine items. So drop them off here and receive a check by mail or hold it on your account until you return next season. If you are in town and prefer a ride, call 252-249-3222; they will pick you up! Not stopping in town? Call or email them to see if they have what you need. This store ships too!

  3. Claiborne -  October 20, 2009 - 10:55 am

    For some reason, none of the cruising guides we have with us mention what’s inferred on the charts: the channel through Oriental\’s harbor is close to the breakwater. While anchoring in Oriental, we tried to leave room between us and the new marina, thinking that was the fairway for the shrimpers. In fact, this is the space for anchoring (well, don’t block the marina fairways, of course), and the area near the breakwater should be left clear.
    It’s hard to comment on typical depths in the harbor as right now (19-20 Oct 2009) there\’s minor flooding in the street at the head of the harbor. Several days of north winds have driven water levels about 2′ higher than usual. Nonetheless, it looks as though anchoring towards the Oriental yacht Club is not for the deep of draft (like us!).
    Richard B. Emerson


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