I have yet to anchor
on the inside of St. Joseph Peninsula, I have anchored on the inside of Shell Island in St. Andrew's Bay for one week this time of year for the last two years. It really is a great place. Shell Island is only accessable by boat
and is fairly isolated, that is, until the weekend and the motor
boaters invade. Nevertheless, the area is big enough for everyone. Shell Island is well named, for it is scoured with seashells and is a several miles of a few trees and sugar white sand. Also, the bottom there is suitable for a great hold. My 35# CQR
held my 20K displacement boat
all week on both occassions without a budge, even with the wind
shifting 270 degrees. Tyndell AFB is on the East Side of the bay and, of course, is off limits. You will have to take a 30 min dinghy
ride to the Panama City Muncipal Marina to go to town. The marina is located in the heart of old Panama City and there should be a church close. Note, however, that old Panama City leaves a lot to be desired and I would not venture far from the marina on foot. Not that crime is rampant but it does not offer much. It appears all the new development went Westard with the condos. The marina, however, is fantastic. Refueling there is a breeze and the ships store is well stocked, block ice included.
I've heard good things about Port St. Joe. A quaint small town with a lot charm. But how would you get there? The chart warns against shifting shoals at West Pass. If you're taking the ICW
, don't forget about the 50ft DuPont Bridge.
I'm planning my own trip to Tampa come May 1st. This will be my first time making the jump from Carabelle. Would you mind giving me a few hints, especially the desired wind
conditions for that jump. You mentioned waiting out the Southerlys. It was my opinion that a due South wind might make for a bit a bumpy ride, but this time of year waiting on a Southwest or West wind may take quite some time. Any insight you could provide would be helpful. Feel free to PM me, I don't want to highjack your thread.