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Finding free anchorages on East Coast?

How hard is it to find decent, free anchorages as you sail up and down the East Coast, from Maine to Florida? Are all the decent anchorages taken up by moorings? Will we be able to find free places to anchor each night? We have a 38 ft sailboat that draws 5 feet.

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Re: Finding free anchorages on East Coast?

In a word, yes. Your best bet is the Skipper Bob guides.

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Re: Finding free anchorages on East Coast?

In Maine, you can sail the entire coastline and anchor free. There are enough protected coves that are suitable for anchoring that you never need to pay a fee.

For Maine, check out "A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast" by Taft, Rindlaub.
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Finding free anchorages on East Coast?

If coming thru the Chesapeake there are literally countless places
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Re: Finding free anchorages on East Coast?

Another good source along the ICW is Salty Southeast Cruisers Net.

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Re: Finding free anchorages on East Coast?

For everything south of Chesapeake Bay, take a look at Cruiser's Net

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Re: Finding free anchorages on East Coast?

We are "cockpit potatoes" currently on our 20th transit on the US East Coast between Florida and Maine with no overnights, short hops offshore, ICW, sounds and rivers. As said above, there are plenty of good, easy and always free spots to anchor. It is necessary to do a little advanced planning in some areas like the New Jersey Coast or North Carolina between Cape Fear and Beaufort where there are fewer options, but there are always choices for easy days. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Re: Finding free anchorages on East Coast?

Hey Gary, same thing as Salty Southeast Cruisers Net.

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Re: Finding free anchorages on East Coast?

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Hey Gary, same thing as Salty Southeast Cruisers Net.
I didn't know that. Great site, though with lots of up to date information.

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