While lake sailing we could usually find a nice cove to anchor out of the wind and waves. Now on the Gulf Coast it seems there are few places to anchor for the night. We anchored saturday night in Choctawhatchee bay in Florida on the north east side of the hwy 331 bridge to hide from the southwest wind. Well the wind clocked around all night at one time getting pretty rough with a north wind from a storm. Next morning it was a gentle breeze from the east.
We plan to cruise so an anchorage will be a never ending problem all around Florida and the East Coast to Chesapeak.
Any thoughts on how to pick an anchorage for the night in a strange bay??? The coast pilot was little help as it was mostly concerned with larger vessels. Cruising guides seem to only recommend marina''s and bars. With our budget marinas and bars will be luxury items.