experience has been in Florida and we've anchored out 50-70 days a year for the past few years. We've never been approached by anyone while on the hook. We were boarded by the CG a few months ago for a routine safety
check and it's the first time for us in over 10 years.
If you are interested in SW florida anchorages
, here's a couple of our favorites:
Sanibel just off Tarpon Bay (good in west or SW wind), you can dinghy
into Tarpon Bay; great for fishing
St. James City (good in a North wind
but not much protection from other directions - also gets wake from the channel) several good restaurants - Waterfront, Woodys, to name a few.
Merwin Key - just north off the miserable mile (ICW) near Picnic Island - 8-12 feet - good holding and protection from east, some protection from North and South. There's an eagle nest there that's fun to watch