Originally Posted by dawnconn
I will have an Autohelm
. No, I don't plan on sailing too much at night.
I was thinking of Jacksonville to Ormond Beach-Daytona (New Smyrna maybe)-Melbourne-Port St. Lucie-Lake Worth-Miami-Angel Fish-Marathon
I just need to get an idea of the anchorages on the way.
I know Miami to Marathon, but not the rest. When I last came down it was from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale
- but I didn't go on the outside past Hatteras. Mostly ditch stuff.
I was thinking (because of the wind direction) to go out fairly far on the first leg. BTW, how far is the Gulf Stream
I have sailed a fair amount in the area (St Augustine-Fort Pierce) you mention; if you stay about 8 - 10 km off shore, you're ok with the Gulf Stream until just about Fort Pierce. In fact, it is likely that you would benefit from the counter currents. South of Fort Pierce, the stream fairly quickly gets closer to shore. To get an up to date idea of the location of the stream (for free
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This page contains the stream surface temps and good enough for basic location info.
My personal experience with the wind patterns (during Aug) contradict your assumption: Only in the early morning hours (until the land heats up) do you have anything that blows from the West - and that fairly light and w/in a mile or two of the shoreline. It is mostly dead calm all the way until the sea breeze starts blowing from the East/Southeast around 1 - 2 PM. This can - if you're lucky- reach about 15 - 18 knots - to provide some excellent sailing
As far as anchorages go, they are scattered all along: I am not very familiar w/ St Augustine area (am about to move my boat to a marina there) - I was told that many folks anchor around the Bridge of Lions (by the fort) but this anchorage can apparently give you some cheap
thrills due to strong currents.
Further south, Port Canaveral is very nice if you go through the Canaveral lock, and anchor in Banana river - either South right by the lock fenders (a little noisy due to the highway traffic) or North; East of the Space Center channel, right by the power lines. Make sure you don't anchor anywhere near the barge canal
itself because the fuel
barges pass through there as early as 5 AM(!)
There are numerous convenient anchorages along the ICW-Southbound from Port Canaveral area - you need to traverse the barge canal
and make it to Indian River (ICW) As a singlehander as well, I don't care much for the ICW
but you seem to have a bunch of time and may enjoy it more.
At Fort Pierce, Faber Cove is one off the best and most protected anchorages - it is just South of and parallel to the inlet - marked clearly on the charts. You have to get to the ICW
from the inlet, turn South, and turn East into Faber Cove after the causeway bridge.
If you happen to be passing through St Augustine area during one of my "monthly ten days on the boat" period, send me a message and my girlfriend and I can offer you a cold drink
in exchange for hearing your stories