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Location: 34.207N 76.949W
Wind Direction: NNE (20°)
Wind Speed: 14 knots
Wind Gust: 17 knots
Significant Wave Height: 4 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 6 sec
Average Period: 4.6 sec
Mean Wave Direction: S (186°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.88 in (1011.8 mb)
Pressure Tendency: +0.02 in (+0.7 mb)
Air Temperature: 77°F (25.0°C)
Dew Point: 68°F (20.1°C)
Water Temperature: 81°F (27.3°C)

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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The automatic email updates are not working at this time from what I was told by the Army Corps. Right now until they get their web site updated you have to go and get them. The centerline on the survey shows you must run with the green cans on your port side on the way out with the last two buoys.
The chief of navigation, Howard Varnum told me they do not know why the outer set was place in the wrong locations recently, and they have asked the shallow water buoy tender Bayberry to come as soon as possible to relocate buoys 1,2 and 3.
As always with a falling tide and a SW wind the inlet will have lots of white water across the bar.
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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep ran the inlet sunday last 2 sets of cans are off. If it is high tide you probably wont have any problem but if its low tide you will have some issues. its pretty easy to see where you should be running. Just stay south of the last two sets of cans you will be fine.

I saw 4ft two hrs after high tide in between the last two sets of cans
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know if the cans have been adjusted?  
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not believe they have been relocated yet. I was told it would be sometime in June before the Bayberry buoy tender would return.
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed - how would you compare Topsail Inlet and Bogue Inlet? Which is worst on a SW breeze?
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chuck,
Have not been out of Bogue in a long time, so do not know the conditions there, but NTI is very poor going across the bar with a SW wind and an outgoing tide. Very easy to have white water all the way across.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Survey of NTI is out
http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav/INLETS/Topsail/topsailinlet.pdf
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That website didnt work for me.. anything im doing wrong? Going out tomorrow. hows it lookin?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problems with the link. Make sure you have a current version of the Acrobat PDF reader. File is large about 6 MB.

The buoys are now all in the correct locations. At dead low tide 6 AM Sunday morning I had about 4 feet under the boat traversing the bar.

If the tide is running out hard and you have the wind out of the SE, I would bet it might be foamy at low tide.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anybody heard if Topsail inlet will get dredged this month as scheduled? I am renting a house there in early August and really would like to be able to use this inlet but have never been through there before.

Thanks in advance for the info!!!
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inlet was just dredged, the buoys are in the correct locations and you have about 5-6 feet at dead low tide going across the bar.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woo Hooo!!!!! Time to go and check for an updated survey!!!

Thanks for the update!!
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I came in at low tide on Monday, and the 2nd set of cans were off. I was reading 1.5 ft. just before the second set. I ran to the left of the green can and found a few more feet. There was white water all the way across.  
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aftergolf wrote:
No problems with the link. Make sure you have a current version of the Acrobat PDF reader. File is large about 6 MB.

The buoys are now all in the correct locations. At dead low tide 6 AM Sunday morning I had about 4 feet under the boat traversing the bar.

If the tide is running out hard and you have the wind out of the SE, I would bet it might be foamy at low tide.


We saw 2ft that same morning
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man i can tell you Topsail inlet sure has changed lately. We came in a dead low tide Sunday afternoon and watched a guy in front of us run hard aground with a skiff.

On teh way out you have to run on left side of reds or tight to them before you get to South Topsail island then you need to hug the red cans right beside the beach, then you have cross the bar when you point it out to the ocean and you need to run towards the last green can on the way out.

Of course it was dead low tide with a SW wind. But we did fine if it had been blowing hard it would have been real nasty.

Maybe it is making its natural channel like it always does after they dredge.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bodie, we saw you on our way in. We were comming in the inlet, and you were headed twords it, but didnt look like you were going out it. That thing is NASTY! When we got in around 2:00 the swell almost swamped up.. It started to break and we pushed the throttle as hard as we could.. The morning was pretty nasty too. Real choppy and some big swells.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

steve at 430 the big swell on the bar was alot better,,, problem was there was no water once you make that first turn at the first red can all the way to lea island. Do not run those markers they are way way off.

That big swell at 200 was because it was full ebb tide going against the SW wind stacking it up.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, there was NO water in that inlet at 3pm. First time I've ever surfed the face of a wave in to keep water under the props...  
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We came through at almost low tide ~ 4 PM and it was no fun. White water everywhere. We sat and watched the breakers come in from the outside of the inlet for about five minutes and the waves were coming in 4 in a set. We waited until the second set went through and there was a hole with no white water and went across the bar. Going across the bar we had 4 feet under the boat. The buoys are all out of position and are supposed to be moved soon from what I was told by the Army Corps. The deepest water is on the wrong side, or the SW wide of the last green can outside the bar.
After crossing the bar it got real interesting because we had to almost run up on the beach to stay out of the real shallow water breaking on the port side. The good news is I had track from the morning run out and we followed them very closely. Several boats were having issues finding enough water to run, and one tucked in behind us and followed us in.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a new survey out with buoys and center lines. I do not believe the survey reflects the proper buoy locations.
http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav/INLETS/Topsail/topsailinlet.pdf
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep sounds about what we ran coming and going out of there.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep sounds about what we ran coming and going out of there.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny thing is, they just finished dredging it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At 10 grand a day for that worthless side discharge dredge, not funny at all.  
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was sarcastic. Very sarcastic. Im starting to doubt they even "dredged"
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually the inlet is in pretty good shape. Just the buoys have not moved to their new locations since the dredge was there. I was under the impression the buoy tender was to have been on site by now to move them.
As I posted above, the deepest water across the bar is to the SW side of the outer green can, buoy #1.
Buoy 4A is in the wrong location as well and the deep water is on the inside of the buoy. At low tide you could see there was no water to the ocean side of 4A.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject: Topsail Inlet Reply with quote

Has anyone been out Topsail Inlet lately? I haven't been out since last year and it was very shollow at low tide. I got the boat in the shop for it's Spring tune-up and am hoping to get offshore soon.  
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:10 pm    Post subject: New Topsail Inlet Reply with quote

With the bite heating up, I was wondering if anyone has any info on the condition of new topsail inlet?  
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have been through it several times in the last 4-5 weeks. It is not too bad if you watch the breaking waves and let that guide you. Most of the cans are OK except the last near topsail island. On your way out, follow the cans to right up against Lea Island. Make the left to head back towards Topsail Island. Stay on the inshore side of the last red can (wrong side) as you approach Topsail island. Go around this one and you will be getting close to topsail. Make the right hand turn to head out, slow and look for a path without breaking waves.  
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. Vital info. I knew that once you make the left turn at Lea Isl. you need to head towards Topsail. My main concern is, of course , crossing the bar. Are those cans placed in the right spots? I bumped bottom a couple times last year in my 26 Hydra Sports. I'll might try and run it in my skiff while it's flat in the next couple days. If I do ,I'll post  
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