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flatracker 08-21-2009 01:52 PM

Good anchorages for live aboard
Would welcome any comments on good and friendly places to anchor for a week, or longer if I find someplace I really like, for a full time live aboard. US as well as Carib places. Major considerations are easy access to provisions, laundry, etc. Have a S37, which draws 4'6", and a 55' mast. Don't want to stay in one place for any extended period, and not interested in any trans Atlantic sailing. Other than that I have no schedule and no place I have to be at any particular time.

Andyman 08-22-2009 04:35 PM

The Pacific Northwest...more so, the Puget Sound.

hellosailor 08-22-2009 06:33 PM

flatracker, the US is a big place. You don't care which coast you're on or anything like that? Weather, climate? You a citizen? If your boat has a motor, after 90 days in the same state you're likely to get a tax bill in many places as well. If you want to avoid all that...keep moving on.

flatracker 08-22-2009 10:48 PM

More info
Should have posted up more info I guess. But to answer questions first. Yeah, am a US citizen. Have a Seidelmann 37, so am comfortable with offshore runs. I do not have any desire to stay in one single place for months. What I was trying to do was get a list of places to stop, that were reasonbaly convenient to shopping etc. Then sort make some loose plans for an extended cruise. I have done the US coast from Mexico to Long Island, and several gulf crossings. But I know there are lots and lots of really neat and nice places I have missed. This it what I was looking for.

tager 08-22-2009 11:15 PM

Puget sound is FULL of great anchorages. They're everywhere!

Zers 08-25-2009 09:35 PM

I heard Marathon, FL, in the key's is very liveaboard freindly. I think that's where I'll be heading once my Triton is in the water.


sailor50 08-25-2009 10:59 PM

Try the Western Carribean

Andyman 08-26-2009 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by tager (Post 515978)
Puget sound is FULL of great anchorages. They're everywhere!

I think you could live on a sailboat up there and never see everything. I can't wait to go there!

imagine2frolic 08-26-2009 01:44 PM

It sounds like you are on the east coast? Go to the Bahamas if that's true. It will takes years of being on the move constantly just to get started.......i2f

Cruisingdad 08-26-2009 01:45 PM

You could spend a lifetime in Florida and the Bahamas. SW Florida has some nice places and lots of islands to hang at. Ft Myers Beach has everything just walking distance and a nice little pup on the water that is pretty much just used by the locals and those on tenders who live in the bay. Some of the more exclusive areas like West Palm, Miami, Ft. Laud, and Naples are ok to visit, but low on my list and not realy friendly for the visiting yachtie.

The keys are nice. You could hang a bit at Marathon. I liked it, but if a hurricane is coming, you are stuck there and getting on/off the keys is very difficult (I am being nice and not using profanity as I am a moderator). So, I would be cery cautious about the keys during hurricane season. Out of hurricane season you will be shopping hard for a place to grab a ball or anchor.

The bahamas will likely limit you to I think 6 months unless you show a lot of financial independence. However, they are very yacht-friendly and gorgeous grounds.

I personally was never blown away by Key West but my wife liked it. It definitely is an acquired taste.

If you do go through Florida, I would really suggest Dry Tortugas National Park. It is 61 miles west of Key West. No water, fuel, nothing. You are on your own... but that is part of the beauty. I could spend a long time there. It is one of my favorite places on earth and very clean. It is like a trip back in time. Awesome snorkeling and scuba too. If you don't get a grouper, you need to quit using the force and try opening your eyes next time.

SO there are my thoughts. FarCry and RealityCheck could help on the US/BVI. I think they live there full time.

Take care. I hope it helped.

- CD

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