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Old 12-03-2015, 06:44 AM   #21
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Thank you all for the info
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Planing my trip for late August leaving east Québec (MAGDELEN ISLAND)
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Old 12-03-2015, 06:48 AM   #22
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Ocean City is mostly closed in the fall, tho fuel should be available should you chose all daylight operation..
FF, it's likely been a long long time since you have been to OC in the fall. There are year round marinas available for transient boaters with normal business hours. Recreational and charter boat fishing usually runs well into December. The commercial fishermen will fish year round weather permitting. Boating supply stores and many non tourist businesses are open through the 1st of the year. Normal businesses such as grocery stores, hardware stores, etc. are open year round with normal business hours. If you need fuel, I would guess it's available between 9am and 5pm year round with extended hours during the Spring, summer and fall. For perspective, Ocean City now has about 8,000 year round residents.

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Old 12-03-2015, 10:00 AM   #23
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The other inlet that has me guessing is Little River in South Carolina.
I've read the same things you have in various guides and on the web. However, I've found the reality much less daunting. The Little River Inlet, as you said, has a lot of traffic including a large Casino boat, many fishermen and an assortment of every other type boat imaginable. We've gone in or out there at least 10 times in the last three years. There is shoaling but there's also a good usable channel. You do need to pay attention to the markers and not the charts (especially not paper charts) as the markers are moved to reflect any channel shifts. Local knowledge is always helpful. We've never seen less than 10' in the channel. Just stay in the middle of it and understand it takes a bit of a wide sweeping path to your starboard side immediately after entrance, then after that it moves to your port side and the outside of the next section. In general the channel stays to the outside of the bends.
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:08 AM   #24
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Ocean City is an easy run from Cape May and as OC Diver states the area is open and moderately active year round.

Beyond Ocean City, headed South, we haven't chanced any of the inlets between there and the Chesapeake. We do very much like Cape Charles just inside the Chesapeake. However, it doesn't save you much over going on to Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Hampton. It may be a good stop for you if conditions across the Chesapeake are rough, allowing you to delay your crossing. Plus it's just such a nice peaceful little town.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:43 AM   #25
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It's been a number of years since the last time I went in to Wachapreague. There is a moderate tidal current from all the back waters that drain through the inlet. You approach the Seabouy and it's a relatively straight shot from there in the inlet. When last I was there, there were no channel markers between the Seabouy and the inlet. The channel to the town is to Starboard N/NW. Would expect if you were only anchoring for the night that you would turn South (port) once inside the inlet.

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I was in both Wachapreague and Chincoteague recently. When responding to the OP, granted I was thinking of someone needing to find a port in the storm, so to speak. Also granted, I have only been to either by water via small fishing boats. I suppose you could anchor inside of the W entrance, but I don't see much shelter there. You really need local knowledge. The C inlet is currently very well marked and has good depths due to some maintenance dredging a year or two ago. Thing is there really isn't a good place to take a larger transient rec boat simply as a destination.

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That would be Chesapeake Bay in this case. And beyond that of course the entire inside route from there through Florida. Plus you can transit that coast and passage year around.
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Little River SC is very navigable and well marked, usable by virtually any size boat, including the large casino cruiser and local fishing trawlers. I really like LR because it helps you bypass one of the more boring sections of the ICW from there to the Cape Fear, and the frequent ICW trouble spots at Lockwoods Folly and Shallotte inlets (neither of which I would use from sea unless in a small outboard craft)
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:44 AM   #27
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"it's likely been a long long time since you have been to OC in the fall."

You bet , last time was a delivery and the boats rack and pinion steering failed.

Only one store was open with a near replacement part that was wrong , so I had to rent time on a lathe to shorten it to fit.

About 1975 , give or take 5 .
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"it's likely been a long long time since you have been to OC in the fall."

You bet , last time was a delivery and the boats rack and pinion steering failed.

Only one store was open with a near replacement part that was wrong , so I had to rent time on a lathe to shorten it to fit.

About 1975 , give or take 5 .
Wifey B: 1975? Oops...I wasn't even born. Probably figure most places have changed a bit in my lifetime.
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