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russellbailey posted 07-23-2001 03:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for russellbailey   Send Email to russellbailey  
My inlaw's and I just returned from a week at Emerald Isle, NC. They've been there many times, but it was my first. It was also there first time with a boat, my family's 1980 Striper 15.

We had a wonderful time boating around there. We went out in the boat 3 days. Each time was with 5 adults, a little more than optimum in the boat. This was my first trip into saltwater.

Day 1 we put in at a marina in Emerald Isle and drove around in Bogue Sound some. After getting into shallow water a couple of times, we drove into the Intercoastal waterway out to Bogue Inlet. It was afternoon with rollers coming in, rougher than we wanted with 5 in the boat. We drift fished just inside the inlet the rest of the afternoon.

Day 2 we drove to Atlantic Beach. From there, we drove out to Cape Lookout through the sound. This time we had charts and only hit one sandbar (due to my lack of attention to the chart marking shoaling). Cape Lookout was beautiful and the drive out was a lot of fun.

Day 3 was a fishing day from Atlantic Beach, but the wind was up and strong from the north. We fished a while off Shackelford Banks, but the north wind was pushing 3' swells into it. After a short drive through Taylor's Creek by Beaufort, we went to the main channel near the turning basin and drift fished through there. We got wet once when a big sportfisherman went close by and the bow of the 15 didn't quite make it over the top of their wake, but otherwise stayed dry and comfortable.

Being a lake boater all my life (well, since I was 7, and I'm now 31), it was really interesting boating in the saltwater. The speed of the tide through Beaufort Inlet was surprising, as were the waves created by the current. We look forward to heading back there next year.

The 15 did fine all the places we went though larger would have been nicer - the shallow draft of our boat was nice in the sound - maybe have to get an older Outrage or Revenge some day for size with shallow draft. Thanks to recommendations from here, I did get a sand anchor before the trip which was helpful. Saw a ton of whalers, mostly Montauks, with a few Outrages and several 27's.

I also went by Morehead Marine, the local whaler dealer. I was having problems with the water pump, which was actually overdue for a rebuild. Richard in service scheduled me in for the same day and rebuilt the pump while I waited. I was very pleased with their service and shop. They had a lot of whalers there, mostly new style, though they had about 6 new Montauks around, most still shrink wrapped.

Thanks to all for their suggestions prior to our trip.

jimh posted 07-23-2001 11:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks for posting the nice trip report. It is always good to hear of Whalers getting out in some big water and holding their own.

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