Originally Posted by TheThunderbird
you can't drop the anchor
within 300m from the coast (but by night) and half a mile off harbour inlets. (Italy)
some sea beds are steep and deep, or protection is limited.
In no way you can leave a boat unattended on the anchor.
The 300m limit is a rule
on most European countries. It is obviously intended for ships but the law makes no distinction.
were I have sailed for some years and anchored most of the time, the practical rule
that is imposed by the Guardia Costiera is that you cannot anchor in front of a public beach, one that has a concession (where people are crowded).
You can anchor on the sides of the beach (out of where most people are) or on a sand bottom where there are no beach. On some places the Guarda Costiera makes those own rules imposing shorter distances and let you anchor in front of a beach, for instance in Vulcano.
And Yes, many times I left the boat unattended to go chopping or to have a lunch on a restaurant but I agree that for a long time that would be trouble also because the winds can change rapidly direction on the Italian coasts.
The Italians anchor for the night very rarely. Most the boats you see on anchor in Italy
are foreign boats and even if there are some anchorages
they are much less frequent than in Greece
Anyway for some years I had my boat near Rome and I went every year to Greece
making all the Italian coast south of Rome and some Italian Islands without stopping at a marina, anchoring, unless I needed water