Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 13-04-2015, 08:26   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Kansas City
Boat: Between boats
Posts: 84
Cruising St Pete area. Where do you like to go?

We are chartering out of St Pete for 4-5 days on a 40' monohull. This is our first experience around St Pete area. We'll depart out of the Muni marina and we are looking for nice trips up and/or down the coast.

Can any of you experienced with the area give advice on some very nice, easy and protected anchorages for relaxation in the late afternoon and overnight we should consider? I'm on Active Captain, but would like some advice from fellow cruisers.

We probably won't consider cruising beyond 70nm North or South of St Pete and are happy to stay close to St Pete if there are very nice places you'd recommend.
__________________

__________________
KeepInTune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2015, 04:41   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Punta Gorda FL
Boat: Gulfstar, Ketch, 41
Posts: 5
Re: Cruising St Pete area. Where do you like to go?

Bradenton & Sarasota to the south have some nice anchorage's. To the north is Clearwater, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs the water is kind of skinny but good anchorage's and friendly people.
__________________

__________________
Caye Castle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2015, 07:35   #3
Registered User
 
the_alpine's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: st petersburg, fl
Boat: O'Day 302
Posts: 263
Re: Cruising St Pete area. Where do you like to go?

Southbound to Egmont key and then to the anchorage at the north end of longboat key.


Sent from my iPhone using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
the_alpine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2015, 07:42   #4
Registered User
 
DDabs's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: St. George's, Grenada
Boat: Caliber 40LRC
Posts: 1,505
Images: 16
Re: Cruising St Pete area. Where do you like to go?

I don't have any anchorages to recommend as I don't know the St. Pete area too well, but be sure to check out the Dali Museum!
__________________
DDabs is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2015, 14:49   #5
Registered User
 
rognvald's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Summer: In the land of Wooly Mammoths
Boat: Pearson 34-II
Posts: 2,252
Images: 2
Re: Cruising St Pete area. Where do you like to go?

If you want to anchor, try the south side of Snead island up the Manatee River in good holding sand and gravel 8-12 feet.. It is quiet, peaceful and borders a state park. Next, you can go to Eggmont Key for a day anchorage. Not recommended over night because of changing winds and commercial traffic in the channel to the Gulf. Good fishing and, if the water is right, good shark watching. The last place close to St. Pete would be south of the Cortez Bridge on the east side of the intercoastal in Bradenton Beach. There is a marina for fuel, Bradenton Beach for entertainment and the fishing village of Cortez that you can dingy to for some fresh fish and a couple funky bars with entertainment. If you have kids, you could dingy to the sandbar to the east of Longboat Pass and join the party crowd. Hope this helps. Good luck and good sailing.
__________________
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathrustra
rognvald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2015, 19:32   #6
Senior Cruiser
 
s/v Beth's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
Boat: Valiant 40 (1975)
Posts: 4,066
Re: Cruising St Pete area. Where do you like to go?

I chartered out of there a lot a few years back. Great place to bareboat. First day: easy sail to backside of edgemont key (stable weather). Anchor (double, i have never draged)and enjoy. Second day south to Venice. Great seafood at the marina. Then on to Captiva, thousand islands where ever!
__________________
s/v Beth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2015, 19:56   #7
Registered User
 
pesarsten's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: St Pete
Boat: Sabre 34
Posts: 461
Re: Cruising St Pete area. Where do you like to go?

With just 4-5 days you'll be limited in where you can go. In Boca Ciega bay, just in front of Gulfport is an anchorage that we enjoy frequently. You can dinghy in to the restaurants and bars or stay at Gulfport marina. Gulfport Florida


It's a nice area and a great sail from downtown St Pete. From there you can go north or south on the ICW or out into the Gulf in easy day sails.


Send me a PM if you'd like more info.
Paul
__________________
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke
pesarsten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-04-2015, 09:35   #8
Registered User
 
rognvald's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Summer: In the land of Wooly Mammoths
Boat: Pearson 34-II
Posts: 2,252
Images: 2
Re: Cruising St Pete area. Where do you like to go?

Quote:
Originally Posted by pesarsten View Post
With just 4-5 days you'll be limited in where you can go. In Boca Ciega bay, just in front of Gulfport is an anchorage that we enjoy frequently. You can dinghy in to the restaurants and bars or stay at Gulfport marina. Gulfport Florida


It's a nice area and a great sail from downtown St Pete. From there you can go north or south on the ICW or out into the Gulf in easy day sails.


Send me a PM if you'd like more info.
Paul

Good point, Pesarsten! And, you must always factor weather into your charter. It's not 4 days at Busch Gardens.
__________________
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathrustra
rognvald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-04-2015, 04:13   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Gulf of Maine
Boat: PSC 37
Posts: 111
Re: Cruising St Pete area. Where do you like to go?

Otter Key, Sarasota


An Ocean Lover in Maine.
__________________

__________________
An Ocean Lover in Maine
jangann is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cruising

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crew Available: Nassau to Ft. Myers area/ St. Pete sun spirit Crew Archives 0 16-08-2012 18:09
I'd Like to Sail in St Pete This Week ... Need Boat mealsonreels General Sailing Forum 2 12-12-2011 13:08
Recommendations for Boatyards in Tampa / St. Pete Area walterc Atlantic & the Caribbean 3 10-10-2011 09:36
Tampa/ St. Pete Area DIY Marinas kalo4u Construction, Maintenance & Refit 0 16-06-2010 07:50
Used Boat Parts Stores - Tampa / St. Pete Area clockwork orange Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 2 14-04-2010 06:44



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:30.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.