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Old 12-10-2018, 10:41 AM   #21
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing. Looks like at bunch of fun . I really like the color of your boat also .
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Yep! Guess we should have known better when we said “we have the whole place to ourselves!”

Tarpon springs looks wonderful but I think it’s a little too far away for what we want to do. What about anything further south like Johns Pass? We definitely want to go north on the ICW since this will be our only chance to see that part of the ICW.

Thanks for the help!

John's Pass is certainly a great option. There is some anchorage just North east of the pass (several little spoil islands). They are fun to visit during the day and can get crowded on the weekends. You can also take the dinghy and visit the restaurants/shops at John's Pass (east of the bridge). I recommend anchoring overnight at the "Veterans Hospital Anchorage", which is just north on the ICW--not very far and will give you some overnight protection. Madiera Beach Marina is close to the south as well. I travel at 6-7 knots, so John's Pass is as far as I go North for day trips. Enjoy!
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:05 PM   #23
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We spend a lot of time out on the hook in Tampa Bay.


Anchoring off Gulfport is fun. Quaint little town.
Up the Manatee of Snell point is usually quiet. The wind decides what side of the river to drop the hook.
Bird Key of Terra Ceia Bay is also great, little tight getting in.


Try some of those next time.


Enjoy
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:21 PM   #25
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Good info. We were just out at Egmont last weekend but didn’t have a dingy to go to shore. Plan on doing our 1st anchoring in the next couple weeks somewhere in that area, probably in the Manatee river.
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No need, BIL onboard next trip! Just kidding
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Old 12-14-2018, 09:25 PM   #27
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Ha! That’ll be his incentive to catch us some dinner.
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What do you guys think about this area of Johns Pass? Honestly the goal is calm seas! We won’t be taking the dink anywhere, just looking for a nice anchorage that’s well protected to hang out, fish, grill, and of course enjoy a few adult beverages for the night.

On the boat now, heading out tomorrow as soon as this damn rain quits!
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DO NOT SHORT CHANGE GROUND TACKLE. Not only does it keep you out of marinas. It is your emergency break, your safety and I love sleeping instead of anchor watches.
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DO NOT SHORT CHANGE GROUND TACKLE. Not only does it keep you out of marinas. It is your emergency break, your safety and I love sleeping instead of anchor watches.
I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about
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Old 12-15-2018, 06:32 AM   #31
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Great trip for kids! Get 'em skills when they're young!

Plus weather there much better than Charlotte. We've been stuck in Charlotte since boat on the hard the last 2 months.
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The problem with Johns Pass area that its like being stuck on the side of the I275. There is so much traffic as it is one of the main passes to the gulf.


There are much more quieter and relaxed spots than there.
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We spend a lot of time out on the hook in Tampa Bay.


Anchoring off Gulfport is fun. Quaint little town.
Up the Manatee of Snell point is usually quiet. The wind decides what side of the river to drop the hook.
Bird Key of Terra Ceia Bay is also great, little tight getting in.


Try some of those next time.


Enjoy
Bird Key looks awesome! We’re going there tonight.
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We spend a lot of time out on the hook in Tampa Bay.


Anchoring off Gulfport is fun. Quaint little town.
Up the Manatee of Snell point is usually quiet. The wind decides what side of the river to drop the hook.
Bird Key of Terra Ceia Bay is also great, little tight getting in.


Try some of those next time.


Enjoy
Gulfort is one of out favorite towns, too. We ended up staying there a month at anchor while on our way to the Bahamas in 2015. We just loved it so much!
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Anchor up on the east side of the island.
Watch as it gets shallow in some areas
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RE: wind and waves from different directions. We spent March - Oct. all over the Bahamas, anchoring most nights, and were sometimes stunned at how much some swells would wrap around an island. More than 150 degrees in some cases, and no, I'm not making that up! But unfortunately, we never discovered the magic formula that will tell you ahead of time, so we would always go to a spot, and if the swell was wrapping, we either put up with the roll, or moved. Sometimes the cruising guides will indicate a particular anchorage as being rolly, but certainly not always.
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Anchor up on the east side of the island.
Watch as it gets shallow in some areas
We did and it was incredible. It was total glass and really beautiful. Thank you so much for the recommendation.
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You are welcome



I am glad you enjoyed it, there are not that many secluded spots you can get a larger boat into in Tampa Bay.


Because we have similar colors on our boats, I thought you might like to see my new custom dinghy I am waiting delivery on.
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I am glad you enjoyed it, there are not that many secluded spots you can get a larger boat into in Tampa Bay.


Because we have similar colors on our boats, I thought you might like to see my new custom dinghy I am waiting delivery on.
Love it! That’s sharp!
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Yeah it’s amazing. Unfortunately we were only able to do it a couple of times last year with our Mainship because the gas genny was unreliable. Of course I finally fixed it right before we sold it.

This boat being all diesel so far has been super reliable. We are planning on anchoring as often as possible.
Man generator issues with a Mainship, that brings some flashbacks.

I finally replaced the gas generator with a kabota diesel, (be sure to get the model with explosion-proof (gas install), alternator, and starter).

I put a small 30gal tank behind the batteries, and the fill line (clearly marked diesel), above swim platform.

Runs like a clock. The best $10k I ever spent.
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