Thanks a lot for the input. I called the Coast Guard a few more times and I plan on calling the Pilot's Association as well.
Hellosailor, I have a couple of follow up questions if you don't mind. Your description of the madness there is pretty much what I was imagining, but it's nice to hear that at least it's not too hostile. I'm still trying to figure out exactly where the best place to drop anchor will be. I see both anchorages
on the charts
, but the CG suggested that I might be better off going past the actual anchorages and closer to the shore since they might make some people move when they expand the security
zone around the statue. Do you think this is a good idea? The guy on the phone
wasn't that sure about it or that specific about where to go. Perhaps I would follow that channel in and head
a bit north after the last red buoy? There's a pipeline area there, but it seems like I could find a spot outside it and maybe away from some of the mayhem of the official anchorages.
Then again, I wouldn't want to try anything too unorthodox. If I go for the charted anchorages, how early do you think I need to get there to stake out a spot for myself? I was planning on getting there around 2 or 3 (about 4 hours before the security zones take effect). Do you think it will already be a zoo at that point or does it only fill up closer to the show.
Thanks again for the advice and encouragement!