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Southern Deep Bay Anchorage – Navigational Detail

This anchorage can be entered from Rose Bay, or by way of a charted canal running southwest from Swanquarter Bay; the Rose Bay route is the deeper of the two, but navigators are strongly urged to use a GPS chartplotter while navigating either route.
To enter Spencer, Rose, and Deep Bays directly from Pamlico Sound, come abeam of marker #2, west of Judith Island, by 100 yards to its westerly side. Soon after you pass #2, the entrance to Spencer Bay splits off to the northwest.
Deep Bay, the easternmost of the three bays, boasts two lighted aids to navigation. One trouble spot is not marked, however. When entering Deep Bay from the southerly waters of Rose Bay, take extra care to avoid the lengthy patch of correctly charted shallow water extending northward from Judith Island. Pass marker #1, located south of Judith Marsh, by 50 yards to its southerly side. Set course to come abeam of marker #2 to its immediate northerly side. From #2, the entrance to the Deep Bay’“Swan Quarter canal is deep and easily identified.
To anchor on the cove southwest of #2, simply stay at least 200 yards off all the surrounding shores.

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