Re: Two dumb anchoring questions
I just got back from a week charter in the BVI's. Never even opened the anchor locker. We picked up moorings every night. They are charging $30 now almost everywhere we went. Most of the boats that we saw anchored were beyond the mooring fields. We we're early risers and sailors so we usually had plenty to chose from. Considering how much you are already spending on the trip, I would just pick up a ball and forget about it. Unless you want to try some of the more secluded anchorages.
We sail the west coast of FL and it is pretty typical that people just swing on one anchor in the busy anchorages except if you are trying to get stern in on as close to the beach as you can get. Rudder position not important but it is important to know how much rode your neighbors (and of course yourself) have out.