Laurie, I'm not sure you'll be able to be on the water within an hour of Raleigh. I think you're looking at a minimum of 2 hours. If you're willing to do that I would recommend New Bern or Washington. There are more waterfront options in New Bern and bigger water but Washington is also charming. If you'd like some help with a tour I'd love to show you and your husband around. My husband and I work as a team and work in both areas as well as other coastal areas. Please give me a call at 252.229.7534 or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.