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Ryanjenkins,

Some of it depends on where you are going to be. You said (if I remember right) that you were going to be in the north east, I have never sailed up there but from what I understand you are talking about rocks, rocks, and more rocks, and boulders too, and gravel. So up there I have no idea how you would do it. Down in the Chesapeake Bay, however, it is mud everywhere, and you can get your anchor stuck so deep in mud that it is hard to retrieve.
That's not really right. Tons of places to anchor. There are some ports of call where the holding is not good for any number of reasons, but it's not right to say that the northeast is entirely rocks and thus not good for anchoring. Many many mud and sandy bottoms in many many harbors.
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That's not really right. Tons of places to anchor. There are some ports of call where the holding is not good for any number of reasons, but it's not right to say that the northeast is entirely rocks and thus not good for anchoring. Many many mud and sandy bottoms in many many harbors.
Like I said, never sailed there.
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Scott, 'no need for secrets. Here's a short list of our favorites for anchoring with access to shore amenities:

Gloucester, Ma
Provencetown, Ma
Onset, Ma
Watch Hill, RI
Mattituck, NY
Port Jefferson, NY
Cold Springs Hbr, NY
Port Washington, NY
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Brick, NJ
Cape May, NJ
Havre De Grace, Md
St. Michaels, Md (SW entry)
Solomons Island, Md
Deltaville, Va (from Jackson Creek)
Portsmouth, Va (free dock)
Chesapeake, Va (from Dismal Swamp, Elizabeth's Dock)
Elizabeth City, NC (free dock)
Belhaven, NC
Washington, NC
Bath, NC
Oriental, NC
Beaufort, NC
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Georgetown, SC
Beaufort, SC
Fernandina, Fl
Jacksonville, Fl (free dock)
Green Cove Springs, Fl (dinghy landing at Governor's creek)
Green Cove Springs, Fl (at town pier)
St. Augustine, Fl
Jenson Beach, Fl
Stuart, Fl
North Palm Beach, Fl (North Lake Worth)
Key Largo, Fl (Bayside)
Gulfport, Fl

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Ok, guess no secrets. I've been to about a third of those places. I might add Baltimore, MD and Charleston, SC, although neither are great for anchoring.

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NautiG, We also often stop in Baltimore & Charleston, but find the anchoring difficult. We do anchor in Rock Creek inside from White Rocks near Pasadena, but usually we're resigned to the marina stay in Baltimore,- we just haven't found a cofortable anchorage there that includes easy dinghy access to shore. The same with Charleston,- I can't seem to find an open space in the crowded anchorage on the Ashley River and we do enjoy the stay at the Maritime Center on the Cooper River. Baltimore and Charleston are definitely favorites of ours, but not for anchoring. We also have many favorite anchorages that I didn't list because of a lack of shore amenities including groceries, laundry, etc. Here's a list of some favorite spots that aren't for shore shopping:
Dark Harbor, Maine
North Haven, Maine
Pulpit Harbor, Maine
Snow Island, Maine
Great Chebeague, Maine
Jewell Island, Maine
Isles of Shoals, Maine (mooring)
Kittery Pt., Maine-NH
The Thimbles, Ct
Behind the right shoulder of Lady Liberty, NY-NJ
Fish Island, NJ
Inside Rum Pt Atlantic City, NJ
Bohemia River, MD
Still pond, MD
Ordinary PT, Sassafrass River, MD
Wharton Creek, MD
Rock Creek, MD
St. Mary's City, MD
Leonardtown, MD
Deep Creek, Va
Willoughby Bay, Va
Upper Pasquotank River, NC
Bear point Alligator River NC
Mile Hammock Bay, NC
Pipeline Canal, NC
Waccamaw River, NC
Minnim Creek, SC
Graham Creek, SC
Church Creek, SC
Edisto River, SC
Herb River, Ga
Buckhead Creek, Ga
Duplin River, Ga
Fort Fredrica, Ga
Cumberland Island, Ga
Ft. George, Fl
Pine Island, Fl
The northern Palm Coast canal, Fl
Marker 32, Daytona
Mosquito Lagoon, Fl
Grant Farm Island area, Fl
Peck Lake, Fl
Manatee Pocket, Fl
Pelican Harbor, Fl
Lake Sylvia, Fl
Miami Marine Stadium, Fl
Elliot Key, Fl
Tarpon Basin, Fl
Blackwater Sound, Fl
Buttonwood Sound, Fl
Lower Matecumbe Bight, Fl
Little Shark River, Fl
Vemice (Free dock at park), Fl
Hart Island, Fl
Longboat Key (north end), Fl
Anclote Key, Fl
...a long list, but some good spots just to hang out and enjoy nature

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Here is the link to the thread about a sad ending to an anchored boat left unattended: Well my day really sucked.

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While it is true that there are lots of different types of holding ground in the Northeast, the shores in much of New England are made up of granite and are generally rocky and very unforgiving. Going aground in New England can be far more dangerous than doing so in the Chesapeake, which is almost always soft groundings on muddy bottoms.

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That article was a fun read. I especially like the ending about the trout fillet.
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To each their own of course, but I'd add a few, particularly in my neck of the woods:

Annapolis, MD - anchor in Back Creek and dinghy/walk to Giant/CVS/West Marine - locals pick up cruisers and given them a ride often.

Also in Annapolis, Weems Creek is walking distance to Graul's Market.

Cambridge, MD - reasonable anchorage

Rock Hall, MD - anchor in Swan Creek and dinghy/walk to supermarket and drugstore. Sometimes a dockmaster will give you a lift.

Worton Creek - good anchorage outside the entrance, small shopping at the first marina on the left.

+1 on Solomons - head up the creek and anchor near the Holiday Inn - walking to a great local market, liquor store, and West Marine.

I avoid Baltimore - poor holding due to foul bottom and dirty water. Middle River is nice but I don't know about shopping.
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NautiG, We also often stop in Baltimore & Charleston, but find the anchoring difficult. We do anchor in Rock Creek inside from White Rocks near Pasadena, but usually we're resigned to the marina stay in Baltimore,- we just haven't found a cofortable anchorage there that includes easy dinghy access to shore. The same with Charleston,- I can't seem to find an open space in the crowded anchorage on the Ashley River and we do enjoy the stay at the Maritime Center on the Cooper River. Baltimore and Charleston are definitely favorites of ours, but not for anchoring. We also have many favorite anchorages that I didn't list because of a lack of shore amenities including groceries, laundry, etc. Here's a list of some favorite spots that aren't for shore shopping:
Dark Harbor, Maine
North Haven, Maine
Pulpit Harbor, Maine
Snow Island, Maine
Great Chebeague, Maine
Jewell Island, Maine
Isles of Shoals, Maine (mooring)
Kittery Pt., Maine-NH
The Thimbles, Ct
Behind the right shoulder of Lady Liberty, NY-NJ
Fish Island, NJ
Inside Rum Pt Atlantic City, NJ
Bohemia River, MD
Still pond, MD
Ordinary PT, Sassafrass River, MD
Wharton Creek, MD
Rock Creek, MD
St. Mary's City, MD
Leonardtown, MD
Deep Creek, Va
Willoughby Bay, Va
Upper Pasquotank River, NC
Bear point Alligator River NC
Mile Hammock Bay, NC
Pipeline Canal, NC
Waccamaw River, NC
Minnim Creek, SC
Graham Creek, SC
Church Creek, SC
Edisto River, SC
Herb River, Ga
Buckhead Creek, Ga
Duplin River, Ga
Fort Fredrica, Ga
Cumberland Island, Ga
Ft. George, Fl
Pine Island, Fl
The northern Palm Coast canal, Fl
Marker 32, Daytona
Mosquito Lagoon, Fl
Grant Farm Island area, Fl
Peck Lake, Fl
Manatee Pocket, Fl
Pelican Harbor, Fl
Lake Sylvia, Fl
Miami Marine Stadium, Fl
Elliot Key, Fl
Tarpon Basin, Fl
Blackwater Sound, Fl
Buttonwood Sound, Fl
Lower Matecumbe Bight, Fl
Little Shark River, Fl
Vemice (Free dock at park), Fl
Hart Island, Fl
Longboat Key (north end), Fl
Anclote Key, Fl
...a long list, but some good spots just to hang out and enjoy nature
CF, I printed out this list and placed in under my pillow to dream about. I haven't gotten out of the Chesapeake much recently. Hopefully I'll get out on an adventure in the not too far future.

I've been to about a half dozen places on your list. One place that I accidentally found while cruising and was really impressed by was Wassaw Island in Georgia. It was deserted when I was there, except for the park ranger. Nice beach and the island was completely covered in palmettos. Pretty cool.

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captain force, when you anchor in the mosquito lagoon and peck lake do you use skipper bobs directions? I also have a 41 OI 415 and both places look like interesting places to visit and dinghy to the barrier island.
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