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that's a nice run from Beaufort inlet to Lookout bight on the outside. Watch the tides, I've seen some good haystacks where the currents meet. They were a ball on the waverunner, a challenge on the 212x. I'll add another detail. the stretch along the Beaufort waterfront is a LOOOOONG no wake zone.....if its a hot day you'll cook yourself. there's some nice houses on the east half, a marina for fuel/snacks. but I found the the western 1/3 was where most of the interest was.
the inside of the shackelford banks has beautiful beaches and are protected for a nice anchor drop
I accidentally went on the Oceanside of Shakleford Banks looking for a path to Cape Lookout— I specially remember seeing the Ft Macon peninsula and flag. That was right about the time the chop took a turn for the worse plus the boat traffic got too much for me. Not a fan of that route.
Hey Mike !! .... anyone venturing out there: be aware there are alot of sand bars submerged at high tide that are well above sea level come low tide. That image shows an obvious one. I had tied off to the posts to the right of the pier in view, walked around, when I got back my boat was starting to become beached. As nice as the lighthouse is, the area I enjoy a great deal there is inside of the shakleford banks, center/west area. depth is nice, beaches are nice, plently of parking and you can watch the bikinis boats drive by..