Originally Posted by lreslock
... Some of the anchorages
I have planned are Ranguana Cay, Tom Owens,Sapodilla, Frank's Cay, Nicholas Cay, Hunting Cay. I was also wondering which islands are better to sail around, North of Placencia or South. I am not heading up around the blue hole..so no sailing advice is needed there.
Also I was wondering about provisioning around placencia. I look forward to all the advice I can get.
Re the anchorages you list. Holding sucks at Ranguana. If you know where they are there some old mooring
bases (big engine
blocks) you can tie too very close in. With local knowlege and shoal draft
you can work your way onto the sand flats S of the island, but Moorings probably won't like this idea. Otherwise search for a sandy spot and hand set the hook. More likely to find this a bit further out to leeward than close in. The picturesque little coral
fringed cove at Tom Owens is discouraged by Moorings as an overnight anchorage with good reason...if the hook drags those pretty little fringe reefs
take on a more ominous significance at night (...in the wind
and rain). Generally the holding around the Sapodillas is not great...just search for a sandy hole in the lee of an island. Freya's guide indicates the general location of the most common anchorages (go there and search for sand). Water
is clear, warm, and shallow so dive the hook to check the set and set by hand if necessary. There used to be moorings in the Saps (and other locations in Belize), but sadly no more. I would not trust any you find now, but you can dive down and rig your own line to the pin. You can also do this with the old mooring
pins, which were properly set, if you find them (or get someone to guide you to them). Do not even consider trying to anchor
at Seal Caye (a few boats have ended up on the reef there), but there are good old mooring pins on the bottom you can tie too...don't use the mooring lines if they are rigged...use your own.