Originally Posted by Cyane
Hi all. Just wanted to ask where the best mooings were in the Tampa Bay area. Well I should say the most affordable also. Plan to liveaboard
O/I 415 but don't want to pay the price
of a slip. Any suggestions?
First of all, I disagree with the advice of using your own anchor
. We can get bodacious thunderstorms here, and I have mentioned one we had here a year ago April, where 8 boats broke loose from their anchors one way or another and were driven aground.
That said, I know of two places where you might be able to do this. There is an informal mooring
field off Davis Island (part of Tampa). There are live aboards out there. Get to know people and they watch out for you. I have a friend who keeps a boat there. He took the outboard
off his boat and had a call within 12 hours from a live aboard out there that his outboard
was missing. Make yourself a good mooring
if you stay there.
The other place is on the other side of the bay, at the Vinoy Basin which is now a mooring field. I don't know who runs it or what the charge is and even whether or not they allow live-aboards. There are places to stay away from, and one of those would be the basin behind Bay Pines/Veterans Hospital. It has the reputation of drawing less "savory" boat owners.
If you can do it, my preference would be the Vinoy Basin site. To me, anything that gets you closer to the Gulf of Mexico
is better because sailing around Tampa Bay will get pretty boring pretty fast.