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If you want guaranteed security then you really should anchor at Smugglers or Secret coves and day trip over to Buccaneer Bay. However Buccaneer is well sheltered from SE winds and would be fine then or in the typical quiet summer nights that we get.
Some people tuck into Water Bay, a small nook at the southern end of the bay but it has the locals' private "marina" making it pretty tight. Also north a bit and to the east there are a couple of islands and there's decent anchorage behind those, with some shelter from the NW as well.
The biggest problem with anchoring off the beach is that there is a real steep dropoff, and you'll go from 10 feet depth to 80 feet depth in a boatlength or two. This makes it quite difficult to stay far enough off the beach in large tides without anchoring in ridiculous depths, and the risk of dragging off the edge is quite real, esp if you get a switch in a breeze overnight.
We have stayed there but rarely... Smugglers is so much better security-wise, and we have found the beaches at Buccaneer to be occasionally sand-flea infested.
No denying it's beauty, though.
Another option in a NWesterly situation is to investigate Simpson Marine Park, which comprises a large portion of South Thormanby. There are several nooks along the south shore that offer good protection from anything but SE winds. One of the more westerly coves opens onto an old orchard/homestead and there's a small lake/marsh and a good road/trail to Buccaneer Bay - an easy walk of perhaps 40 minutes or so.
Buccaneer Bay is a worthwhile stop - but you'll find most do it as a daytrip, and many dinghy over from the mainland. But lets face it.. in settled weather in summer you can pretty well anchor on Halibut Bank and have a quite night.
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 06-18-2009 at 01:50 PM.