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Guide to anchorages

I'm going to be cruising from the Big Bend area of FL (west coast), through the Keys, up to Stuart. Most nights, I would like to anchor, rather than tie up at a marina dock. I have the Embassy Guide and all the charts, but I am hoping to find a guide that focuses on good places to anchor.

Someone recommended Frank Papy's books to me, but they are so old, I'm guessing they must be totally out of date?

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Oh, I should mention that I'll be in a sailboat with 4' draft.
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The Skipper Bob books are very good. No fluff just the info and online updates. Dan S/V Marian Claire
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Pick your spot!

I came up the ICW from Marathon to Biscayne Bay a few years back. I had my pick of lovely spots to anchor out in and saw few other boats along the way. Plenty of water the whole way and very sheltered from the east winds that rile up the Hawk Channel.

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For starters, have a look at Florida Sea Grant - Boating & Waterways - Anchorage Inventory . FOr the keys and the east coast, check out the Cruisers Net.

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go to Activecaptian.com it is a site updated by cruisers. It gives reviews on anchorages, harbors, marinias. Lots of info and its free check it out. you can add your own comments and reviews or add a new one if you stay somewhere thats not listed or rated. Hve a wonderful trip.

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go to Activecaptian.com it is a site updated by cruisers. It gives reviews on anchorages, harbors, marinias. Lots of info and its free check it out. you can add your own comments and reviews or add a new one if you stay somewhere thats not listed or rated. Hve a wonderful trip.

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I've always been a fan of Claiborne Young and use his cruising guides exclusively.

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