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Old 01-17-2011, 11:44 AM   #1
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Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

Asssuming the anchorage is safe, good holding ground and decent views, which of these options*would make it perfect?


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Old 01-17-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

Sorry folks somehow I lost the poll by editing my post!!!!!
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:59 AM   #3
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I got it Back!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:26 PM   #4
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

I wonder how these poll results would differ on the SEARAY FORUM?
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:39 PM   #5
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

With the exception of a tiny handful of people, we are not social boaters. Our idea of boating is completely empty anchorages.* We bought the boat to get away from people, not to meet or be with them.* *For this reason we avoid whenever possible--- which is most of the time--- marinas other than little funky ones with few people and boats. We have made exceptions from time to time but it's not our preference.

Met a man a few years ago who has a Harley-Davidson and takes a lot of trips with it. We chatted about his trips for a few minutes and then I asked him a few questions about different Harley models and so on. He stopped me and said, "I like OUR Harley and what we do with it. But I'm not all that interested in Harley's or what other people do with them."* I thought that was an excellent summary of how we feel about boating.
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Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

This is a blog entry I wrote when we had four grand children for a week in the Bahamas.* Even teenagers can find anchorages magical.

I am writing this swinging on the anchor behind Bakers Rock at Tahiti Beach on the South end of Elbow Cay.* The water is calm and gently rolling with an almost full moon hanging in the sky like a lamp behind me.* Sound idyllic?* You bet it is!* All*six of us laid on the bow to watch the stars and moon reflecting off the water.* Absolutely one of the most pleasant nights that I have spent at anchor.



The picture is of Quarter Cove, Wye River East Maryland


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Old 01-17-2011, 02:22 PM   #7
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

I would add an additional line.......

85deg. air, 82deg. water,* 10' deep crystal blue water... and no rain....

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:22 PM   #8
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

We spend the majority of the year at anchor. We like solitude but we also like the social aspects and to get to know the locals, but it's our choice. The thing that is important to us is shore acess. Even in the most remote anchorages, we like to get off the boat.

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:25 PM   #9
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Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

I voted for the quiet anchorage but honestly, it really depends on our mood. I like the quiet ones a lot but I also like the semi-populated anchorages, as well as (occasionally), the fun party anchorages. Historically though, pre-trawler purchase, our weekends were spent in quiet, somewhat isolated anchorages but we would raft up 3-5 boats with friends from the docks and spend our weekends all hanging out together...talking, swimming, and just enjoying our friendship and time together. So I guess my real vote is "all the above." *I just don't do well with rap music though so party coves with THAT much nonsense are a bit much for me!




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Old 01-17-2011, 02:54 PM   #10
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

I don't mind having a few boats around but I do not like being crowded or having jetskis or water skiers around because of the wakes and noise they usually make.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:06 PM   #11
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

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I don't mind having a few boats around but I do not like being crowded or having jetskis or water skiers around because of the wakes and noise they usually make.
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Ditto, Only no waterskiers or jet skis to worry about . Waters is to cold In Alaska

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Old 01-17-2011, 03:32 PM   #12
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

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I voted for the quiet anchorage but honestly, it really depends on our mood. I like the quiet ones a lot but I also like the semi-populated anchorages, as well as (occasionally), the fun party anchorages. Historically though, pre-trawler purchase, our weekends were spent in quiet, somewhat isolated anchorages but we would raft up 3-5 boats with friends from the docks and spend our weekends all hanging out together...talking, swimming, and just enjoying our friendship and time together. So I guess my real vote is "all the above." *I just don't do well with rap music though so party coves with THAT much nonsense are a bit much for me!




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I agree with you. There are times that we just want to be the only boat in a secluded anchorage and other times that we want company, whether it be quiet or party company. In Maine, and probably to a greater extent in the PNW, you can do both. Marina life is out for us, both because there few around and expensive and because that life just does not appeal. I realize that in some areas of the country marinas may be the only place to keep a boat, but it is not the norm here and I am happy with that. Looking forward from the depths of winter to another season ahead on the water with and without company.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:53 PM   #13
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Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

Sometimes we meet up with boating friends at an anchorage, but for the most part, I like the anchorage where you can't see a single building, light, or antenna tower.

On the otherhand, our marina (no livaboards) is a social place.* Some folks drive four hours and spend the weekend.* We will stay also even though it's only a few miles from home.* We share food or go out to restaurants in a group.* We have lots of friends at our marina but when we go out, most of the time it's by ourselves.

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Old 01-17-2011, 05:27 PM   #14
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

Where we are in New Jersey its next to impossible to find a completely emtpy anchorage. Even during our Chesapeake runs each year its tough. Our best days are a small raft up of 2-3 boats in an area without water skiers and jet ski's. we enjoy watching classic boats going by under power and sail.
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INGRAM BAYOU immediately off the Gulf ICW at Orange Beach, Al.
Look it up on activecaptain.com
It is my favorite on the Gulf coast.

Check out BARBER Marina next door a new place that is fantastic, built extremely well and, obviously, not with an eye toward profitability, that is first class.
Really good collection of antique outboard motors.
The deck around the ship's store and facilities is TEAK.
Big buildings for repair and inside painting facilities for yachts, big yachts.
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Charles, Barber Marine had no such facility when I had my boat at Orange Beach.* That is beautiful, and I wish them well.* Just don't see how they can afford that investment.

There was however some good food in the area.* Bear Point Restaurant just across the GICW, Wolf Bay Lodge, and Pirates Cove were all close by.* Really enjoyed that area.

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My idea of the perfect anchorage.... 8' deep, the bow stays pointed into the trades... just East of Saba Rock resort ... Virgin Gorda, BVI.** About the only annoyance is an occasional kite boarder
HOLLYWOOD

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Old 01-18-2011, 04:12 AM   #17
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No jet skis , no noisemakers , no wind generators .

Warm enough to dive in.
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RE: Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

Cruising up in New England, we anchor out a lot.* Here's my list in ascending order of importance:

4.* Potentially good fishing from onboard or kayak.

3.* Good holding ground and shelter from strong prevailing wind.

2.* While number of anchored boats not a major issue, as long as we can swing clear of each other, we do place limits on loud radios, crowds, generators, and dinghies running around the anchorage.

1.* Easy access to shore for 2 daily relief trips for our 15 pound terrier.* It's unbelievable that this is #1, but that's the way it is.* If access gets you to town for provisions, walking or bike riding, that's a plus.
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1.* Easy access to shore for 2 daily relief trips for our 15 pound terrier.* It's unbelievable that this is #1, but that's the way it is.* If access gets you to town for provisions, walking or bike riding, that's a plus.
*I have an 8 pound pomeranian. I don't take her ashore.* Afraid an eagle would get her. Don't laugh it does happen.* I use a small piece of astroturf out on the deck. Out side is outside the cabin.
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Your idea of a perfect Anchorage?

Our 18-lb Border Terrier goes onboard too.* We took an "astroturf" doormat, cut it to fit in an upturned Rubbermaid tub lid, and attached it with zip ties on one end.* It's easy to dump and rinse overboard.* In the PNW with huge tides, it's nice not to have to go ashore if we don't want to.

Given the weather possibilities on the Inside Passage, our priorities are:

1.* A cove or inlet with enough swing room, good holding ground with a workable depth, and protection from long fetch in most directions.

2.* Scenic beauty (almost guaranteed).

Being the only boat is nice, but other boats often add to the ambience.* The variety of fishermen and cruisers we see is a pleasure, and in such remote country there's not too much loud music/partying.



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