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Question re Depth in Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 205

Taylor Creek runs along Beaufort’s waterfront and the “jig” David Mentions is at the creek’s east end. The Creek connects several narrow cuts through Back Sound that are often used by shallow draft vessels to reach the anchorage behind Lookout Bight.

My question is, has anyone traveled from Beaufort, NC down Taylor’s Creek toward Harkers Island recently? Is the little jig at the end of Taylor’s Creek passable to vessels drawing 3-1/2 feet, and is it reasonably accurately portrayed on the latest charts? Also, is the channel past Harkers Island and through Barden Inlet to Cape Lookout similarly passable and well charted?
David Swanson
s/v Lucky Penny

Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (2)

  1. Don Mercz -  October 2, 2017 - 4:08 pm

    Has anyone transited the east end of Taylor Creek heading up behind Harker’s to the Cape Lookout Bight recently? I’ve done it several times before in a 16′ skiff without any problems, but it’s been a couple of years. At that time, there were nothing (that I could see) marking a “channel” at the end of the creek. I’ve got a slightly larger skiff now (18′), and will probably be passing thru about 2 hrs. after low tide – just wondering if anyone has had recent experience with that route. Thanks – Don

  2. Mike Holleman -  May 22, 2016 - 10:01 am

    David, The cut on the east end of Taylors Creek has more markers than this chart is showing. At mid to full tide you can get through here, however the run to the Hook inside has much shallow water and would require local knowledge to run in a vessel drawing 3.5 feet. It would be much safer to run out Beaufort Inlet and down the front side of Shackleford Banks to the Hook of Cape Lookout. Just stay a half mile off the beach.


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