Southport Marina to Baldhead Island

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  1. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    We are cruising up to Southport Marina this weekend and are going to spend Tuesday on Bald Head. Can we dingy over the 3.5 miles or is the Cape Fear too unforgiving for a 8' 6" RIB?
     
  2. rbryn

    rbryn Member

    254
    May 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    2003 260DA
    350Mag MPI Bravo® III (re-powered 2013)
    Like all things, it all depends on the weather and the tides. you can get 3ft rollers on a bad day when the wind and tide are opposing.. other days it's nice and quiet. Not sure I would try it in a small boat, but I do see john boats out there all the time.
     
  3. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Boatless
    Boatless
    The entrance going through the jetty's in and out of Bald Head can be bumpy.

    Some of the NC folks - @bahamabreisus or @mquiet can add more. They gave me a lot of advise.
     
  4. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Active Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    It does really depend on tides and winds, but you should be able to see the conditions from Southport Marina. I think you would find it easier to take the 400 over. Caution the tides, you might have to do a lot of crabbing entering Bald Head, also watch for ferries exiting and entering. Bald Head is great, and worth the trip.
     
  5. Captain Allen

    Captain Allen Member

    304
    Feb 2, 2009
    Coastal North Carolina
    370 EC 1994
    454 Mercruisers, straight drives
    Don't forget the cargo ships heading up to the State Port at Wilmington. They throw a heck of a wake. I wouldn't count on being able to do it. Bald Head Island corp. runs a passenger ferry over on a fixed schedule from just outside Southport. There's a fee, but it's much safer.
     
  6. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Vacationed at Bald Head a number of times - great place, no cars, rental houses all have a golf cart, only access is by boat. I have only ridden the ferry, so can't speak about taking your own boat, slip availability in the marina (it's small). That would be a pretty good dingy ride, I think I would take the ferry or the big boat. You don't have to be staying on the island to ride the ferry over.
     
  7. islandhopper00

    islandhopper00 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Lake Norman (Denver) NC
    240 Sundancer
    5.0L 260hp, BIII outdrive
    You could do it in the dingy, probably be wet when you got to the island.
    Take the ferry.
    As was said, you'll need to rent a golf cart to see the island.
     
  8. mquiet

    mquiet Member

    946
    Aug 4, 2009
    North carolina
    1999 480 Sedan Bridge
    Caterpillar 3196
    ZZ take your 40ft over. As you know we go there a lot. The delta gets snotty. Come into the marina jettis with power or have your crab angle set up. There is plenty of room to shit down once inside the jetti. Enjoy. Sorry we could not join you.
     
  9. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Thanks everyone for your tips. We got back to home port yesterday. Everything went well. I did take the boat to Bald Head Marina. But I made the dingy ride out the marina, across four footers and back in the inlet to the creek. Had to dodge the barge leaving the marina on the way back in.
     
  10. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Active Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Hope you had good time at Bald Head, one of our favorite place to go.
     

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