View Poll Results: What percentage of cruising time do you spend anchored vs marina
East Coast USA > 70% anchor 41 24.55%
East Coast USA 30 to 70% anchor (and also same marina) 16 9.58%
East Coast USA < 30% anchor 23 13.77%
West Coast USA > 70% anchor 28 16.77%
West Coast USA 30 to 70% anchor (and marina) 11 6.59%
West Coast USA < 30% anchor 7 4.19%
Everywhere else in the world >70% anchor 23 13.77%
Everywhere else in the world 30 to 70% anchor 6 3.59%
Everywhere else in the world < 30% anchor 5 2.99%
You didn't list my area so I refuse to answer 7 4.19%
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Old 02-02-2021, 01:12 AM   #1
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Poll: Anchor vs. Marinas

We're just talking about time cruising, not time at your home marina or dock. This poll is upon request.

So, simple, what percentage of your cruising nights are at anchor vs. marinas.
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Old 02-02-2021, 01:15 AM   #2
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80% anchor, 20% marina.
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Old 02-02-2021, 01:24 AM   #3
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away from home port mostly at anchor, never gave a thought to %. Boating has always been about getting away from it.
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95 percent marina. otherwise, it is just camping, and I spent the fifty years of my life camping, and now I can appreciate being served at a sit-down restaurant, whenever this virus lets us.
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Two nights out for one night in a marina on average
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Old 02-02-2021, 06:32 AM   #6
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ON the East side it is possible to anchor out 100% from north of LI sound till about Daytona Beach .


Then till south of Miami it is difficult .
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Marinas at $100+ a night vs a shittonne of cruising miles and adventure.
No contest.
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Hard to know the real number without going through the logs. Often anchoring is only one night or two. Cruising to a destination likely the TF rendezvous can find me 4 or 5 nights at the same spot with friends at an event. Does the event count as one time or do you add up the days in total?

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Old 02-02-2021, 07:44 AM   #9
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When cruising either US east coast or Caribbean <5% marina.
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Old 02-02-2021, 07:49 AM   #10
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Anchoring out is the by far the number one reason we go cruising at all. To paraphrase Descartes: "we anchor, therefor we boat". I also include moorings as part of anchoring.
We have had the privilege of cruising both coasts, and the answer is the same for the PNW, SF Bay / Delta, and Southern Cal.

I have no idea what FF is talking about in his post, by the way, "ON the East side it is possible to anchor out 100% from north of LI sound till about Daytona Beach .


Then till south of Miami it is difficult ."

That is simply not the case in Florida at all.
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Old 02-02-2021, 07:52 AM   #11
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Anchor well over 95% of the time.
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Old 02-02-2021, 07:57 AM   #12
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If one thinks of the Stretch of the Indian River Lagoon to Lake Worth (around 150M)... I can see where some might think it lacks all around protected anchorages in the Summer for hurricanes and thunderstorms, yet in the Winter it is great as you can hide behind one of numerous causeways to avoid NW frontal winds.


That's what I think.... as a gross generality...but as always there is the "but....I" where one can find exceptions or have a different view of anchoring.
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I'm pretty familiar with the Ft. Pierce to Palm Beach area. They may not be designated on the charts, but lots of anchorages in that area.
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Just curious. Why no mention of mooring fields? Very common around here and usually open ones for transients.
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Easily 90%+ anchoring(including moorings). I generally enjoy being at anchor more than staying at a marina, especially at $100-150/night!

Currently anchored at Tarpon Belly Keys.
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Hard to know the real number without going through the logs. Often anchoring is only one night or two. Cruising to a destination likely the TF rendezvous can find me 4 or 5 nights at the same spot with friends at an event. Does the event count as one time or do you add up the days in total?

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Just curious. Why no mention of mooring fields? Very common around here and usually open ones for transients.
Count them as anchoring.
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Old 02-02-2021, 10:14 AM   #18
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Wifey B: We do marinas 90% of the time, although this year, due to pandemic, are 90% anchoring.
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Anchoring out is the by far the number one reason we go cruising at all. To paraphrase Descartes: "we anchor, therefor we boat". I also include moorings as part of anchoring.
We have had the privilege of cruising both coasts, and the answer is the same for the PNW, SF Bay / Delta, and Southern Cal.

I have no idea what FF is talking about in his post, by the way, "ON the East side it is possible to anchor out 100% from north of LI sound till about Daytona Beach .


Then till south of Miami it is difficult ."

That is simply not the case in Florida at all.
It depends on how big your boat is. At 70’ loa there are a lot of places that are too small and many others that even one other boat will crowd us out. Then again we can be comfortable in exposed anchorages that have smaller boats bobbing around unpleasantly.
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PNW we spend about 70%+ on anchor.
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