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COLREGS Demarcation Lines in North Carolina


Sec. 80.515 Cape Henry, VA to Cape Hatteras, NC.

(a) A line drawn from Rudee Inlet Jetty Light 2 to Rudee Inlet Jetty Light 1.

(b) A line formed by the centerline of the highway bridge across Oregon Inlet.

Sec. 80.520 Cape Hatteras, NC to Cape Lookout, NC.

(a) A line drawn from Hatteras Inlet Lookout Tower at latitude 35 deg.11.8' N. longitude 75 deg.44.9' W. 255 deg. true to the eastern end of Ocracoke Island.

(b) A line drawn from the westernmost extremity of Ocracoke Island at latitude 35 deg.04.0' N. longitude 76 deg.00.8' W. to the northeastern extremity of Portsmouth Island at latitude 35 deg.03.7' N. longitude 76 deg.02.3' W.

(c) A line drawn across Drum Inlet parallel with the general trend of the highwater shoreline.


Sec. 80.525 Cape Lookout, NC to Cape Fear, NC.

(a) A line drawn from Cape lookout Light to the seaward tangent of the southeastern end of Shackleford Banks.

(b) A line drawn from Morehead City Channel Range Front Light to the seaward extremity of the Beaufort Inlet west jetty.

(c) A line drawn from the southernmost extremity of Bogue Banks at latitude 34 deg.38.7' N. longitude 77 deg.06.0' W. across Bogue Inlet to the northernmost extremity of Bear Beach at latitude 34 deg.38.5' N. longitude 77 deg.07.1' W.

(d) A line drawn from the southeasternmost extremity on the southwest side of New River Inlet at latitude 34 deg.31.5' N. longitude 77 deg.20.6' W. to the seaward tangent of the shoreline on the northeast side on New River Inlet.

(e) A line drawn across New Topsail Inlet between the closest extremities of the shore on either side of the inlet from latitude 34 deg.20.8' N. longitude 77 deg.39.2' W. to latitude 34 deg.20.6' N. longitude 77 deg.39.6' W.

(f) A line drawn from the seaward extremity of the jetty on the northeast side of Masonboro Inlet to the seaward extremity of the jetty on the southeast side of the Inlet.

(g) Except as provided elsewhere in this section from Cape Lookout to Cape Fear, lines drawn parallel with the general trend of the highwater shoreline across the entrance of small bays and inlets.

Sec. 80.530 Cape Fear, NC to Little River Inlet, SC.

(a) A line drawn from the abandoned lighthouse charted in approximate position latitude 33 deg.52.4' N. longitude 78 deg.00.1' W. across the Cape Fear River Entrance to Oak Island Light.

(b) Except as provided elsewhere in this section from Cape Fear to Little River Inlet, lines drawn parallel with the general trend of the highwater shoreline across the entrance to small inlets

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