I've been in and out perhaps 8 times in the last 15 years, the last time was 2012.
My beam is 7.7 also.
Compared to Lady Musgrave:
1. It is technically narrower, and looks particularly so on arrival at the entrance, but there is actually heaps of room! Its an illusion.
2. The channel runs obliquely through the coral
and as such is longer.
3. The tidal stream is stronger and can run at 4+kts, so pick your time.
4. It does have a minor "kink" to STBD on entry.
5. The size of the anchorage inside is about a quarter of Musgrave, but there is still plenty of space and good sandy hold below.
As stated above arrive, with plenty of sun high in the sky. Once "experienced" its is no drama.
being in there in the late 1990s with one other boat. At night we got hit by a ferocious sustained thunderstorm over three hours. Pitch
black interrupted by blinding lightning
. The lagoon
was full of foam due to the extreme wind
. Being frightened by the risk of dragging the anchor
, I tried to reference our position relative to the only other landmark in sight, being the other boat anchoured about 50m away. This was pointless as it turned out, because one moment he was on the port beam, the next, the bow, and even on the stbd side as we each swung wildly at our respective anchors. The anchor
held and now its just a good story....But at the time, it was nerve racking.
Its one of the great places to go and seems so isolated as you sit there quietly at anchor surrounded only by the ocean raging about you. On a clear day you can make out Round Hill and get some VHF reception
. You might also glimce One Tree Island if the air is clear. I'll be there in September.....I hope.