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Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

I'm looking for places to dive/clean the bottom of my boat along the east coast usa. Most of the water is, at best, cloudy. Poor visibility is not my cup of tea.
So I'm asking for any suggestions on where there is clear water to anchor and dive on my boat.

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Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

Try the Cape Lookout Bight to the east of Beaufort Inlet. Haven't been in there myself, but outside of the weekend, I'd expect it to fairly clear there.

If you're still around the keys, you could grab a free mooring ball at Indian Key. Water's clear there. Also, the Miami Marine Stadium has fairly clear water (during the week).

I can't really recall any other places where the water was noticeably clear.
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Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

Thanks John

I forgot to add...

Weak current. Hate trying to work under the boat with current flowing. Yea, I know, dive at slack. But slack only lasts so long.

How's the current at the marine stadium?
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Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

Now that I think about it some more, you could try South River, on the far side from Oriental (again, during the week), seems it's clear enough to dive on your boat.
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Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

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How's the current at the marine stadium?
Fairly negligible as I recall. Sandy bottom that runs pretty much 7-8 foot of depth.
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There are clear anchorages in many locations. Peconic bay. Fire island light on the inside (summer week days) where on the east coast.....
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Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

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Hate trying to work under the boat with current flowing. Yea, I know, dive at slack. ----
I like current, sweeps the scraped debris away from you. If it's too strong, use a line from the bow to hold yourself in place.
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Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

Agree with pbeezer, Cape Lookout Bight is beautifully clear. There is a bit of a current, 2 knts max I'd say.
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Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

I have to agree that haveing a little current to carry the growth away helps. I have cleaned the bottom of my boat many times at marine stadium easy enough. Just a short distance away at dinner key the water is very clear, you can see botom in 15+ foot of water.
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Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

The question just doesn't sound answerable. How would you travel anywhere along the East Coast of the USA just to clean your boat?

More practically, its seems the issue is psychological. Poor visibility creeps people out, more than being a real impediment. Generally, you don't need more than a few feet of viz to work, as long as something is gently wisking the silt away.

But, having the creepy feeling that critters may be all around you can get into one's head. I was once certified for black water rescue. You didn't even bother bringing a light or at least trying to use it. In fact, the light itself was more likely to attract the critters.

A full body suit helps most get over much of the anxiety. Thickness should be relative to water temp, but even a thin 2 or 3 mm suit will prevent a sting from anything in the water. Fabric as thin as pantyhose will prevent a jellyfish sting. A hood and gloves and you're invincible. Seriously.
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