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Condition of NTI?
December 12, 2017 4:30 am EST
Location: 33.436N 77.743W
Wind Dir: WSW (240°)
Wind Speed: 23 knots
Wind Gust: 27 knots
AT Ps: 29.89 in (1012.1 mb)
Air Temp: 61°F (16.3°C)
Dew Point: 46°F (7.6°C)
Water Temp: 64°F (17.5°C)

Condition of NTI?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: Condition of NTI? Reply with quote

Anybody run NTI recently? Saw a survey that shows it's changed quite a bit from last year especially around lea island...cans still marking the channel?...just curious if anyone has any real world info to share...thanks  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the cans are off. from the topsail side, general track, inside the cans towards the end of the topsail island, outside the cans at the tip of the topsail island & mostly straight out to the ocean. lowest marked was around 4ft at low tide. Access from the Lea island side looks very shallow.  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Accessing it from the Lea island side is very difficult. I don't recommend it. You have to come down from the north through Banks Channel. Of course the draft of your boat is a factor.  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://saw-nav.usace.army.mil/INLETS/TOPSAIL/Topsail_Inlet.pdf

The above link provides centerline coordinates from February that work fine for me, even at low tide. I slow down to idle speed from inlet waypoints 13 to 10 and inlet waypoints 8 to 6. The water is skinny between these waypoints and not much room for error. If you get off your trail a little you will run aground. Go slow and pay attention. The inlet itself is getting bad at the bar, had breakers and only 4 feet this week at low tide.

In summary, inlet is usable but inexperienced captains should avoid IMO.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Chum said, it is less than ideal. Pretty crappy is a better description.
We went out at 6A today at dead low tide. Has changed dramatically since I last ran the creek in December. Really shoaled up between Black Mud Creek and Leah Island.
Not much different than it was December between Leah and South Topsail. The depth is in the 3-4 feet range in that area. Have to go on the wrong side of red nun #8.
The path out to the bar is not too bad outbound but on the way back in at half tide the rollers were breaking all across the bar and the wind was up in the 10-15 range. Looks very different on the way back in.
Glad I had tracks to follow back in. The Army Corps survey is close but we veered some from it due to the shoaling in the creek.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ran out NR inlet & it's horribly scary at low tide.
Followed a big boat going out, created a "track back" trail.
Cut our fishing time down to catch the higher tide back.... ICM
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for feedback - i'm prob not gonna run it for another week or two...be curious to see how much it's changed, as I haven't been out the inlet since around October....Wish the new President (or Governor or whoever!) would appropriate funds to "make the inlet great again!"...won't hold my breath....; )
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be very careful, it is much, much different than last October.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:17 pm    Post subject: NTI Reply with quote

Went out the inlet last week three times, once each with Chum and Aftergolf and then in my boat. My view is that it will not be too much longer and we will be using MBI as the next best alternative. If the wind is down and you are careful and slow you can make it. Add any wind with an opposing tide and you are in danger.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you guys finding the problem to be the Inlet? Or the path leading to it from Lea Island.
I ran out that inlet twice in Feb with no issues at all. As a matter of fact, there are two channels through NTI now. One straight out, slightly south and the other that runs the beach. The straight out had plenty of water and width.

Now getting to it..... I had to run north to the BC marker and take banks chnl. No issues at all. I hate running that way, but unless there is a chnl cut along that bar between the south end and the s curves, i'll keep running north.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had no issues running the track straight out to the ocean. I can see where the track along the beach could be a problem.  
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

when you say "track straight out to the ocean" are you referring to running straight out to the last set of cans once in the main channel (i know you have to eyeball the best line, but essentially due east/northest)? instead of turning north and running up the beach a little? - just curious what you meant?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

southeast from the green can #5 on the inlet survey.  
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh - got ya - I was talking / thinking inlet waypoints 1,2,3,4 on the survey
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