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Hello again. I sail out of Panama City Florida and we anchor in the bay at night. (45 Coronado) I am planning a Fl Keys trip in January and it is quite some distance and we don't have autopilot yet so I am going to have to anchor some in the Gulf or hug the shore and find some inland places (which will add more time to the trip)

We have a huge anchor so that's not my worries. I guess i'm new and want to hear other peoples thoughts on anchoring out in the gulf. (assuming weather is good)

What do you think? what do you do?
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Re: Scared to anchor....

Why not keep going. No need to anchor and it would require pretty benign conditions to allow anchoring in the Gulf in any case.
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Re: Scared to anchor....

I would make a straight shot from P.C. to Tarpon Springs. Then you'll be in the ICW, plenty of places to anchor around there. Rest up and continue south.

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Re: Scared to anchor....

Anchoring offshore is not really an option.
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Hello again. I sail out of Panama City Florida and we anchor in the bay at night. (45 Coronado) I am planning a Fl Keys trip in January and it is quite some distance and we don't have autopilot yet so I am going to have to anchor some in the Gulf or hug the shore and find some inland places (which will add more time to the trip)

We have a huge anchor so that's not my worries. I guess i'm new and want to hear other peoples thoughts on anchoring out in the gulf. (assuming weather is good)

What do you think? what do you do?
Bad idea bob. I know that area very well. The currents and wind and waves can all be different resulting in a horrid night if not dangerous. Sport fish run that all night long as well as other boats who arent looking for a boat anchored in the gulf.

From panama city go straight to tampa. It is a very easy in and out. As you come in on the south side is the manatee river. Go into that and anchor at emerson point. I have spent weeks there and love that anchorage. U will see other boats there.

From there i would sail outside and come in to venice. 6 hours. Stay at crows nest just inside. Good little restaurant and u will want an enjoyable night after the time at sea. Call ahead and prepare. They fill up. Tell them boatus for discount.

From there sail to charlotte harbor and take the icw south to useppa island across from cabbage key. Anchor at useppa and enjoy a fun afternoon or dinner at cabbage key. Bring a dollar to hang on the wall.

From there sail to fort myers beach. If your mast is under 65, stay at a mooring ball in mantanzas pass. 13 bucks i think.

From there go to the keys. Its an overnighter. Make sure you have a good mask and fins and knife for crab traps. U can walk from fmb to the keys without getting your feet wet. If key west, it is straight forward. If marathon (where i am) go under 7 mile and around.

If u need more info, or specifics, let me know.

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Re: Scared to anchor....

From PC, take the ICW to Carabelle. You can anchor at the west end of Dog Island. Next day take off for Tarpon Springs straight across. It may take you 30 hours at worst. Ive done this crossing numerous times.
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From PC, take the ICW to Carabelle. You can anchor at the west end of Dog Island. Next day take off for Tarpon Springs straight across. It may take you 30 hours at worst. Ive done this crossing numerous times.
Sounds good. Ill do that. My mast is 50 ft tall. Will have to look on chart to make sure I can make it all the way
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Re: Scared to anchor....

Is your trip open-ended, or do you have a time frame it has to fit in? Cause basically, you're looking at two weeks just to get to the Keys and back to Panama City, if you stop every night.
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Re: Scared to anchor....

Idiots anchor.

You can do it.
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Re: Scared to anchor....

As suggested I'd do it in one hop, PC to KW. If you have spreader lights you are all set; if not buy a bunch of LED flashlights, giving one to each crew and having the others spread out where handy. Sailing at night is easy and fun, especially if you choose a night with lots of moonlight. Stay away from the west Fla coast; it is shallow far offshore and this causes inordinately large waves in rough weather. Plan your arrival in KW for mid morning; that way if you arrive early you still have daylight, and if late you have many hours until dusk.
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