Originally Posted by theodyssey
everyone - this is fantastic. thank you.
and correction: yes. I meant heading SE [as opposed to NE]. sorry about that.
from this and the people I've spoken to, leaving at night would be best, but with me being a newbie, I'm a bit uncomfortable with that, so plan on leaving Palm Beach at first light, which should at least give me a few hours of proper light once I get to West End.
would love any anchorages
you all might have around there, as the one marina seems to be charging
ridiculous amounts of $ [not to mention a $15 water
fee - even though it's undrinkable?!] just to clear, and then leave.
again - thanks to all. this helps ease the worry a bit. ha.
In the West End area I've anchored in both Cross Bay and the anchorage around behind the entrance wall kind of off the Beach Bar (on the bank), several times in each. The bank location gets quite a current
and the bottom is fairly scoured and hard. Cross Bay can get some surge depending on what the weather
has been doing and is obviously not where you want to be if there is any chance of a northerly wind
. both of these locations are an easy dingy ride into the Marina.
I've also anchored behind the crescent shaped sandbar just north of Sandy Cay and in the "deep water" tongue extending south off the Indian Cay passage
I usually day sail from Lake Worth/West Palm, leaving before sunrise in the winter. If there is a stiff wind
with a strong southerly component forecast
to last a while, I head
down to Fort Lauderdale
and department from there. but I see no reason to do this if winds are favorable for a Lake Worth
departure, especially given the anchoring
limitations at Fort Lauderdale
While I usually use the Indican Cay passage
, there is a much easier, more straight forward option (with no reefs) just north of Sandy Cay that I used to exist last time, that is not as far north as Memory Rock.