Re: Finding free anchorages on East Coast?
I am frequently shocked by the lack of experience people have with anchoring. I taught one couple how to anchor and recommended they practice frequently--every time they went out. When asked back about a year later to teach another lesson, I asked how many times they anchored, "not very much." When was the last time? "With you." The sum total of their anchoring experience was one time with me supervising.
I like anchoring in a river with two anchors, it is a great method.
I am not sure if people think it is scary, perhaps it is. I think people that are not secure or confident feel better tied up to a dock.
As for me, boats are so expensive, I avoid marinas and docks. I'd rather anchor out. I am not into going out to eat or drinking, I'd just as soon be on the boat in a pretty spot with good company, cooking my own food. entertainment for me, is sailing around the harbor in dinghy looking at the other boats and meeting other sailors...
At some point I will cut the cord completely and live on my boat. I plan to take mine to the Caribbean this year, whether the boat is ready or not.
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean