Originally Posted by Chrisjs
We did this with a 6ft draft a few years back - no problem. Apart from being alert the WHOLE time, only 2 comments. (1) Follow channel markers - not the magenta line on the chart (2) Keep as far to the inland side of the channel as possible when near any/all inlets because they are all shoaled with incoming sand.
Between Norfolk and Beaufort, there are no inlets except for the outer banks ones that are WAY off the ICW
(Oregon, Hatteras, & Ocracoke)
You are right about the magenta line... ESPECIALLY at the north en of the Alligator River. However, the channel is clearly marked. It zig-zags a little, but standard seamanship will get you through there.