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    • Swansboro Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 229
      Lat/Lon: 34 41.115 North/077 07.201 West
      Location: in the Swansboro channel between unlighted nun buoy #2 and the fixed, low level White Oak River bridge
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Special Comment: This anchorage is swept by strong tidal currents. Be sure your hook is well set.
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair; wide open to southwesterly winds


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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Nicole -  December 5, 2009 - 7:33 pm

        We anchored here last night and had a really hard time. We had dinner on a fellow cruisers boat and came back out to find our boat had dragged over 100 feet. We have a fishermen’s anchor that is rated for 60 foot boat (we have a 28 foot sailboat) and it was good and set when we left. When the current shifted the chain, the boat sailed around the anchor, fouled it and caused us to drift. (which has never happened to us before.) We grounded briefly which saved our boat from hitting any other boats but it was a tricky proposition to move the boat back to a good spot in that current, we set out a second anchor and spent most of the night checking it on the half hour to make sure we were staying in one spot. The current is swift and some of the holding ground is not great especially when the current switches, when we pulled up anchor today to go to Dudley’s Marina to sit out a blow(75 cents a foot by the way, worth it to not have to deal with an anchoring nightmare) our anchor had fouled again. Use heavy anchors if you are going to anchor here and try to be near your boat when the tide switches because it is a very challenging location.

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      2. Claiborne -  July 24, 2009 - 9:21 am

        We anchored just downstream of the bridge in July 2008. Good holding. A fair weather anchorage with currents no more or less strong than those all along the coast from Beaufort, NC to Fernandina Bch, FL

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