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Old 08-01-2012, 18:55   #31
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Is it ok to anchor off a nude beach?
It depends on the quality of the sunbathers.
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It depends on the quality of the sunbathers.
Their gender may be even more important.
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But of course... if its a public nude beach...
Studland bay it very popular for that... only problem is the overloaded little trailer speed boats with about 10 guys to a boat all leching the shore and no one looking ahead... get a few collisions a year...
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Is it ok to anchor off a nude beach?
I respectfully submit, simply from an aesthetic, that this is contraindicated if anchored within the chart limits of any fast food nation.
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Is it ok to anchor off a nude beach?
The two times I have done that, most of the view caused eye burn. Those that think the nude beaches are full of only the most beautiful people are fooling themselves.
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The two times I have done that, most of the view caused eye burn. Those that think the nude beaches are full of only the most beautiful people are fooling themselves.
I once anchored off the nude beach around the corner from Cruze Bay, St. Johns. There were a few "diamonds in the rough". But you're right-not as interesting as one might expect. Actually, that reminds me of another story............
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How about anchoring overnight off a beach? Would that be any different?

I've always wondered why you don't see a lot more boats off the coast at beaches. I would rather anchor there than at a marina.
Almost every NJ inlet from Barnegat south has a boat beach or sandbar where the boats pull up...it's just the towns get weird about oceanside beaches...not sure if it's just the money for beach tag thing or it's really about illegal immigration (a true stretch..but has it's origins there I'll bet).
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Re: Anchoring off a public beach

SO far this thread has been pretty benign. A thread on this subject last year got the OP pretty well pounded.

Beach anchoring always seemed a little dicey to me as the big attraction would be to dinghy ashore, but I would be leery of leaving the boat unattended, (if it breaks loose it will either end up ON the beach,... or out to sea.

Either way it would be the beginning of a bad day.

I don't see the harm of dropping the hook for a few hours behind a jetty, or a rock groin within dinghy distance of a beach, and most bays have a protected anchorage just in side the channel entrance that is in a good dinghy ride of a beach.

In calm weather with a gentle incoming tide, you could probably get by with it at least for the day in most areas. After all people anchor out there to fish all the time.
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I have an office in Santa Barbara and during my periodic visits, I stay at the Fess Parker Hotel where my room over-looks the beach to the east of the Pier. There are always a few or more yachts anchored off-shore there, just outside of the surf break, and whenever there is a good storm, several invariably break loose and end up on the beach. This is such a common occurance . . .
That's Fool's Anchorage. It's supposedly the last free public anchorage within a city in Southern California. The City requires boats to move a mile away from the pier during the winter season so the ones that go aground do so on the beach and not into the pier. Here in the four-marina SB harbor it's known as Marina Five. Most of the boats there are parked unoccupied, or else they house folks who don't want to pay any rent. I've spent a night or two out there and the most important thing to know about it is that it is not really an anchorage, more of an exposed beach. In the old days before the harbor was built the fishermen took their boats all the way across the Channel to get in the lee of the islands, 25 miles away.
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That's Fool's Anchorage.
Seems an appropo name.
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Is it ok to anchor off a nude beach?
Conversely, Is it ok to anchor nude off a beach?
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SO far this thread has been pretty benign. A thread on this subject last year got the OP pretty well pounded.

Beach anchoring always seemed a little dicey to me as the big attraction would be to dinghy ashore, but I would be leery of leaving the boat unattended, (if it breaks loose it will either end up ON the beach,... or out to sea.

Either way it would be the beginning of a bad day.

I don't see the harm of dropping the hook for a few hours behind a jetty, or a rock groin within dinghy distance of a beach, and most bays have a protected anchorage just in side the channel entrance that is in a good dinghy ride of a beach.

In calm weather with a gentle incoming tide, you could probably get by with it at least for the day in most areas. After all people anchor out there to fish all the time.


Anchoring off a beach in properly selected weather should be no more of a big deal than anchoring in a not so well known anchorage and going to sleep or ashore for 8 hours...especially where the OP is from...NJ and most Mid-atlantic states anchoring off the beach is no big deal as many people do it....they just can't come ashore in many places.
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Re: Anchoring off a public beach

I think you guys got trolled. I find it hard to believe that anyone that owns a 42' sailboat boat in NJ would ask this question.
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Re: Anchoring off a public beach

There are beaches and there are beaches. They actually do occur in protected bays and can be lovely anchorages. Then are those others that are day anchorages in good weather. There seems to be more of that variety. There are some that have currents that make them doubtful, to my mind, in any weather.
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Re: Anchoring off a public beach

Actually off the coast of NJ mid june through mid sept...the worst winds you'll encounter most days is the sea breeze. A few hours after sunset the wind dies and there's a gentle land breeze that fades early morn and then swings around and picks up as a sea breeze around lunch time...

So again...anchoring off the beach is more hazardous from the traffic point of view than poor anchoring conditions.
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