Originally Posted by bifurcation
I would like to follow up on this message. I'm sailing north toward Venice and would like to pretty much follow the same course in the opposite direction. I'm single handing so generally like to avoid crowded marinas and tight anchorages. Is this area described along the eastern shore of Boca Grande a mile north of the entrance pretty good anchorage? I'm assuming it is west of the ICW where the chart shows a m. tower. "Boca Grande pass, you can spend the night in either the village at Boca Grande or in Pelican Bay, on the south side of the pass. Alternately, if the winds are westerly, north-westerly (check Passage Weather before you leave Venice), in settled weather you can anchor fairly comfortably along the eastern shore of Boca Grande, about a mile north of the pass itself." Please confirm and/or if there are additional or better protected anchorage spots in that general area that someone could recommend as a more desirable or secondary anchorage it would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Hi, I sail this route
fairly often from Marathon and back. I single hand also. I'm a might lazy and usually sail straight to the bottlon of Sanabele island, unless I decide to stay for a while, then I go into matanzas pass and moore or anchor. other wise I anchor...depending on wind
direction and speed...either to the west end of the bridge near sanabele or to the east side just north of the Matanza pass channel, for a rest. About 16 to 18 hours from weighing anchor to dropping anchor. sometimes things are a little slow and I go in at Marco. I do the same, sailing outside to Venice In 12 to 16 hours depending on the wind. I usually average 5 t 6 knots over ground. I know many who break that first leg, by stopping at little shark river. I've only gone there as a hurricane
hole. I've found anchoring
outside on the west coast
with any thing over ten knots from the NNW to SSW is fairly uncomfortable, as the seas seem to be on the beam quite often. I can handle a little chop, but I don't like to roll. If I need to cut the legs shorter I go into Boca grande pass and anchor just to the north behind Gasparilla Island, then I'm 6 to 8 hours anchor to anchor. I try to stay out of the inter coastal as I don't like to motor
. I have anchored off the Jetties at Venice for a night...one side or the other depending on the wave action...when I don't plan to visit any one. But you can anchor just inside north of the Hawks nest marina or with your size boat going around the bend to the north you can anchor stem and stern off the Yacht club. turn tight around the point and follow along the seawall and docks and anchor betwixt the shoal and the yacht club. there are some other boats anchored a little further up, but the water gets a little skinny. there is a boat ramp
past the yacht club with a dock
you can dinghy
to, to make land. They say no over night docking
and I've only stayed there till around midnight but have had no trouble with authority. I do try to stay respectful. The shoal breaks up the wake from the inter coastal traffic and I've stayed as long as two month there. 32 foot with 5 foot draft is about as big as I would go there. I haven't gone back that far in a couple years ...sense I got this boat. But i still anchor off the Hawks nest for up to a week whilst visiting friends.
There is a book " the great book of anchorages" i think is the name and also online with Actiive Captain
. they both have a lot of info on anchorages and where to make land. I've made use of some of the anchorages but many require too much motoring and are too shallow for my draft, But I've found their descriptions accurate and not disappointing.
I grew up along this coast and have explored it quit a bit. So I usually am heading to Cretan places to visit friends and family
. after the interstate came through in the mid to late 70"s it has lost
some of its luster to me, altho there are still some nice quaint places along the west coast
, that haven't been paved over and condo-ized.
Hope this helps you, good beam winds to ya.