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    • 74. Blackburn Bay Anchorage

      74. Blackburn Bay Anchorage
      Statute Mile 61.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 09.240 North/082 28.886 West
      Location: found on the waters west of the ICW, between unlighted daybeacons #20 and #21
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to good

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    • 75. Little Sarasota Bay Anchorage

      75. Little Sarasota Bay Anchorage
      Statute Mile 67
      Lat/Lon: near 27 14.122 North/082 31.270 West
      Location: will be discovered west of unlighted daybeacon #51
      Minimum Depth: 5 ÂÃ’šÃ‚½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, somewhat hope to strong eastern and northeastern winds

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    • 76. White Beach Anchorage

      76. White Beach Anchorage
      Statute Mile 67.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 14.726 North/082 31.567 West
      Location: lies south and west of unlighted daybeacon #57
      Minimum Depth: 5 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

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    • 77. Roberts Bay Waterway Anchorage

      77. Roberts Bay Waterway Anchorage
      Statute Mile 71
      Lat/Lon: near 27 17.243 North/082 32.863 West
      Location: lies between unlighted daybeacon #78 and the charted spoil island to the west
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to strong northern winds

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    • 78. Roberts Bay – Spoil Island Anchorage

      78. Roberts Bay – Spoil Island Anchorage
      Statute Mile 71
      Lat/Lon: near 27 17.232 North/082 33.036 West
      Location: found west of the charted “Spoil” island, which itself lies west of unlighted daybeacon #78
      Minimum Depth: 4 ÂÃ’šÃ‚½ to 5 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

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    • 79. Siesta Key Bridge East Side Anchorage

      79. Siesta Key Bridge East Side Anchorage
      Statute Mile 71.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 18.056 North/082 32.429 West
      Location: found on the upstream limits of the tadpole shaped cove indenting the easterly banks, just south of the Siesta Key Bridge
      Minimum Depth: 4-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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    • 80. Siesta Key Bridge West Side Anchorage

      80. Siesta Key Bridge West Side Anchorage
      Statute Mile 71.5
      Lat/Lon: near 27 18.059 North/082 33.180 West
      Location: will be discovered at the westerly extreme of the creek and stream running to the west, immediately south of the Siesta Key Bridge
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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    • 81. Spoil Anchorage

      81. Spoil Anchorage
      Statute Mile 72
      Lat/Lon: near 27 18.848 North/082 32.523 West
      Location: will be discovered on the waters east of the charted “Spoil Area,” east of unlighted daybeacon #3
      Minimum Depth: 4-foot approach depths, 5-foot depths in anchorage
      Swing Room: NOT recommended for vessels larger than 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to western and southwestern winds

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    • 82. Big Sarasota Pass Anchorage

      82. Big Sarasota Pass Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 18.015 North/082 33.887 West
      Location: lies along the western shores of the interior reaches of Big Sarasota Pass inlet, southwest of unlighted daybeacon #15
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor, fair weather, day anchorage only

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    • 83. Otter-Lido Key Anchorage

      83. Otter-Lido Key Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 18.852 North/082 34.353 West
      Location: found southwest of unlighted daybeacon #7 (on the approach channel leading to the Sarasota Yacht Club
      Minimum Depth: 5-13 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Laura -  December 29, 2014 - 9:11 am

        We anchored here last night and it was very nice. It’s a nice deep anchorage and you can get close to mangroves with out being in the backyards of the beautiful homes. No other boats were here, but loads of kayaker and paddle boards during the daytime. Oh and one tourist boat with palm trees on top cruised thru late afternoon. They took our pic, I took their’s too. We dinghied over to concrete bridge (2nd one) which puts you right on St Armands square which had tons of restaurants and shopping. There is a nice beach nearby as well. Great out of the way spot for a night or two.

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      2. Jean Thomason -  November 30, 2013 - 9:42 am

        The wind in November has forced us to seek some protected anchorages and this is one of them. A distance off the waterway but easy to get to and quite protected from that persistent NE wind.

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    • 84. Sarasota Anchorage/Mooring Field

      84. Sarasota Anchorage/Mooring Field
      Statute Mile 73
      Lat/Lon: near 27 19.834 North/082 32.801 West
      Location: found on the waters west and south of Bayfront Park’s hooklike peninsula bordering Marina Operations’ southerly flank
      Minimum Depth: 8-12 feet
      Special Comment: this long popular anchorage is in the process of being converted to a mooring field under the management of nearby Marina Operations (Marina Jacks)
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to southern and southwestern winds
      Waste Pump-out Availability: this anchorage will be converted to a mooring field sometime in the future. In the meantime, there is already a pumpout- boat for the anchorage. Call Marina Jack’s at (941) 365-4232

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      1. Cambren Davis -  June 9, 2013 - 6:45 pm

        I love the mooring field, dink over to O’Learys Tiki Bar and walk to Marina Jacks from there. Short walk to downtown and lots to do there. Marina Jacks has the best showers anywhere, if they only had a pool it would be perfect.

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    • 85. Golden Gate Point Anchorage

      85. Golden Gate Point Anchorage
      Statute Mile 73
      Lat/Lon: near 27 20.056 North/082 33.145 West
      Location: lies on the charted 12-foot waters west of Golden Gate Point
      Minimum Depth: 7-9 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to good, open to southern and southwestern winds

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    • 86. Jewfish Key South Side Anchorage

      86. Jewfish Key South Side Anchorage
      Statute Mile 85
      Lat/Lon: near 27 26.215 North/082 40.799 West
      Location: found on the tongue of charted 13-foot water stretching south into a cove hard by the village of Longbeach
      Minimum Depth: 9-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. Captain K -  April 8, 2014 - 11:20 am

        Near Longboat Key 27 degrees 26′ 12″N, 082 degrees 40′ 48.21″W. Of this two, I’d recommend this more than the other [Big McPherson Bayou] as there are restaurants, bars and a great beach for walking nearby. Good holding in sand with about 8′ at low tide. Watch for the tidal flow as it can get quirky with the change of tide.
        Captain K

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      2. Paul and Marr -  December 29, 2009 - 2:20 pm

        It’s been a couple of years since we’ve anchored in the waters adjacent to Mar Vista and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant. Same beautiful water, scenery, and protection … a wonderful waveless anchorage even in 20 knots of breeze. Still the same anchoring issues with the relatively deep bowl, numerous boats, and current … nothing that two anchors does not solve. Two items of note. There is a town ordinance now that prohibits tying off to the town dock … very convenient in the past. There is a small beach some 30 yds south of the town dock where dinks can be put ashore but it was convenient in the past not to get your shoes wet when going ashore (temps are in the 50’s today giving special meaning to “convenient”). A second item is that the upscale grocery that was within easy dinghy or walking distance is now permanently closed … a liquor store has replaced it … less useful for those looking to do a little restocking.
        Enjoy!
        Paul and Mary
        S/V Merry Sea

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      3. Claiborne -  August 28, 2009 - 9:13 am

        Subject: Longboat Key Anchorage
        Message: My copy of your book is in the hoist out back, so I don’t know if you warn of the risk of anchor dragging in high wind conditions – even for us seasoned boaters. If not, please do. The villian is the shape of the bottom – sort of like a bowl.
        Bill Cromer

        Subject: #42 re: Jewfish Key anchorage
        Message: This is one of our favorite anchorages. We were there for two nights October 14-15, 2008 and again for one night on 10/20. The wind was strong out
        of the east and we were concerned that holding would be a problem, but we did not have a problem at all. There is a place to come ashore with a dinghy at a
        public boat ramp next to the Mar-Vista Restaurant. Also, there is a trash receptable which is always a plus for cruisers. We had nice dinner at Mar-Vista. Moore’s Crab House appeared to be open but didn’t have an occasion to dine there on this trip. We were sad that the little grocery store nearby had closed. Local law enforcement was friendly and waved as they went by. A great anchorage! Steve and Regina Smith, M/V Island Time
        Steve and Regina Smith

        The best entrance to these anchorages is quite close to Jewfish Key. I did quite a bit of sounding (in the dinghy) and discovered that the best water is almost up to marker 40. I found the deep channel (16 to 18 feet) extends to within about 50 feet of the south side of the island. The southern half of the potential entrance space between marker 39 and marker 40 is shallow and should be avoided.
        Best regards,
        Gene and Sue Fuller
        Punta Gorda, Florida

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      4. Claiborne -  August 27, 2009 - 11:23 am

        Claiborne,
        First, let me say that I am a huge fan of your books. I discovered them quite by accident years ago when I found your North Carolina cruising guide on board a used boat we purchased. We utilized the guide on our first trip down the ICW to Florida in 1999. I found the guide so helpful that we stopped to purchase the books covering Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. I’ve been hooked ever since and recently purchased the latest additions, visit your web site, and subscribe to your email updates.
        This past week the Western Florida Guide was invaluable in finding a protected anchorage to wait out the big blow that passed through. We were headed to Progressive Marine in St. Petersburg for a haulout and bottom job (another tidbit we got from your guide). We got a late start from our home in Punta Gorda Isles and knew we’d have to lay over a day or two until the front passed and the winds subsided before crossing Tampa Bay. Your guide recommended the Jewfish Key anchorage at ICW mile 85. We anchored our 48′ trawler securely for two days with plenty of swinging room.
        Thanks for all you do for the boating community. I look forward to seeing you at the Punta Gorda MTOA rendezvous in April.
        Susan Parker

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    • 87. Jewfish Key Anchorage

      87. Jewfish Key Anchorage
      Statute Mile 85
      Lat/Lon: near 27 26.386 North/082 40.754 West
      Location: will be found on the deep water behind (to the southwest of) the long, private island southwest of flashing daybeacon #41, known as Jewfish Key
      Minimum Depth: 9-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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      1. John -  March 1, 2017 - 10:09 am

        Very nice anchorage – we spent 3 days here late February 2017. When we were here the water due SW of Jewfish Key was not as deep as depicted on the charts so head WNW immediately after clearing the southern tip of Jewfish. We enjoyed good Italian food at the Bayou Tavern, a short walk from the beach in the anchorage.

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      2. Captain K -  April 8, 2014 - 11:19 am

        Near Longboat Key 27 degrees 26′ 12″N, 082 degrees 40′ 48.21″W. Of this two, I’d recommend this more than the other [Big McPherson Bayou] as there are restaurants, bars and a great beach for walking nearby. Good holding in sand with about 8′ at low tide. Watch for the tidal flow as it can get quirky with the change of tide.
        Captain K

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      3. Claiborne -  August 28, 2009 - 9:14 am

        Subject: Longboat Key Anchorage
        Message: My copy of your book is in the hoist out back, so I don’t know if you warn of the risk of anchor dragging in high wind conditions – even for us seasoned boaters. If not, please do. The villian is the shape of the bottom – sort of like a bowl.
        Bill Cromer

        Subject: #42 re: Jewfish Key anchorage
        Message: This is one of our favorite anchorages. We were there for two nights October 14-15, 2008 and again for one night on 10/20. The wind was strong out
        of the east and we were concerned that holding would be a problem, but we did not have a problem at all. There is a place to come ashore with a dinghy at a
        public boat ramp next to the Mar-Vista Restaurant. Also, there is a trash receptable which is always a plus for cruisers. We had nice dinner at Mar-Vista. Moore’s Crab House appeared to be open but didn’t have an occasion to dine there on this trip. We were sad that the little grocery store nearby had closed. Local law enforcement was friendly and waved as they went by. A great anchorage! Steve and Regina Smith, M/V Island Time
        Steve and Regina Smith

        The best entrance to these anchorages is quite close to Jewfish Key. I did quite a bit of sounding (in the dinghy) and discovered that the best water is almost up to marker 40. I found the deep channel (16 to 18 feet) extends to within about 50 feet of the south side of the island. The southern half of the potential entrance space between marker 39 and marker 40 is shallow and should be avoided.
        Best regards,
        Gene and Sue Fuller
        Punta Gorda, Florida

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      4. Claiborne -  August 27, 2009 - 11:24 am

        Claiborne,
        First, let me say that I am a huge fan of your books. I discovered them quite by accident years ago when I found your North Carolina cruising guide on board a used boat we purchased. We utilized the guide on our first trip down the ICW to Florida in 1999. I found the guide so helpful that we stopped to purchase the books covering Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. I’ve been hooked ever since and recently purchased the latest additions, visit your web site, and subscribe to your email updates.
        This past week the Western Florida Guide was invaluable in finding a protected anchorage to wait out the big blow that passed through. We were headed to Progressive Marine in St. Petersburg for a haulout and bottom job (another tidbit we got from your guide). We got a late start from our home in Punta Gorda Isles and knew we’d have to lay over a day or two until the front passed and the winds subsided before crossing Tampa Bay. Your guide recommended the Jewfish Key anchorage at ICW mile 85. We anchored our 48′ trawler securely for two days with plenty of swinging room.
        Thanks for all you do for the boating community. I look forward to seeing you at the Punta Gorda MTOA rendezvous in April.
        Susan Parker

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    • 87A. Bradenton Beach Anchorage


      Bradenton Beach Anchorage
      Statute Mile: 87
      Lat/Lon: 27 27.927 North/082 41.608 West
      Location: tricky entrance channel leaves the Western Florida ICW just north of marker #49
      Minimum Depth: 5 1/2 to 8 feet, BUT it’s easy to wander into grounding depth without very specific knowledge of the entrance channel
      Special Comment: to enter this anchorage safely, cruisers must initially follow the marked Bradenton Beach Marina entrance cut, and then turn south in front of the historic Bradenton Beach Pier – easy to wander into grounding depths if you don’t have prior knowledge of this passage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, wide open to fresh southern and southeasterly winds
      Dinghy Dock Access: yes, found on northwesterly corner of anchorage – showers currently available; free city trolley can take cruisers to Publix supermarket and West Marine Express

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      1. Blake Whitney -  April 4, 2013 - 1:27 pm

        As a local, I regularly traverse this section of the ICW heading to/from Tampa Bay or the Manatee River. Seems that after the creation of the Marina Jack mooring field, some members of that “Floating Junk Flotilla” moved North. Cortez folks may be more tolerant, probably not over time.
        Blake Whitney

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      2. Brad -  January 11, 2013 - 6:41 pm

        I am writing this as I am anchored here today (the first time in four years). I have always found this to be a great anchorage due to the fact that it has just about everything for onshore that a cruising sailor would want. A beach, a fair number of good places to eat and drink, a free trolley to take you up and down the beach to get to West Marine and the grocery stores and other places to eat and drink (circle K convenience store is just a block away).
        I have never had a problem navigating the pier entrance (draw 4 feet) but the first time I grounded when I tried to enter the anchorage directly off the ICW and hit the shoal. So go in as directed.
        There are still some derelict boats, one is sunk. It is somewhat noisy mostly from the road traffic going over the bridge or pier fisherman. The anchorage is shallow and the charts do a fairly accurate job of showing the depth. Holding is mud and I have dragged a little bit is a 20 knot blow. As for the the winds out of the south east, this is a lot better than jewfish key anchorage. However, any winds coming from the south or northeast, above 20 knots, I would find another anchorage.
        For the politics here, I had a conversation with a local town rep and they said the problem was not the cruising sailors, it was some of the local anchored live aboards that were creating some police issues and had some assorted conflicts amongst each other as well as some theft. The town was trying reduce those issues by putting in a mooring field…. . However, the town cannot do it as this is part of the ICW.
        As far as I am concerned, people need a place to live and in this economy, this offers an economic refuge in relative paradise. But, people have to be responsible for their selves and their assets and respectful of others and the environment too. Unfortunately, because some people do not follow this, that cruisers and local live aboards suffer from this tide of regulation.
        Brad

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      3. Frank Cushing -  June 5, 2012 - 1:55 pm

        Thank you for the info. Last time we came through we anchored on the East side of the ICW because we could not figure out how to get into the anchorage. We anchored without problem in about 10 feet of water. The ride to the dinghy dock was a little long and there were boat wakes to crash through. BB was a great place to visit and would gladly paid a fee for the shower and/or dinghy dock but free was good.
        Frank Cushing

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      4. Morgan R -  May 28, 2012 - 2:00 pm

        I respectfully disagree with this assessment of Bradenton Beach. I kept two boats there for the better part of a year…the first a 24-foot sloop…then a 29-footer…A friend of mine protested the 15 dollar/year fee for using the mooring field.The mooring field was illegal but I think that the reason he fought it is the slow erosion of rights and I am glad now that he did. They backed down on advice from their lawyer and I think that even though 15 dollars/year for showers and dinghy dock is a small price to pay for a decent facility with access to free trolley up and down the whole island…I think that the costs would slowly have risen over time and a bad precedent set. Having said all that…I DO NOT think that they hate boaters and liveaboards here…especially now that some of the riff raff has cleared out. The depths are overall poor for bigger boats…the approach in front of the fishing pier is a sad joke…but there is a back door further south beyond the sand shoals you can come in from if you keep going south after coming thru the bridge from the north about 3/4 mile and then come back in…at a NW angle…All in all…this is a decent area to keep your boat for awhile…amenity-speaking…but not for more than a few months IMHO…
        BTW..in case it wasn’t clear..it was BB city comission that backed down…on advice of their attorney and they dropped the $15/YEAR sticker fee…
        Morgan R

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      5. W.W. -  May 28, 2012 - 11:03 am

        Bradenton Beach anchorage update: As of 5/12, the city has made no further blatant efforts to harass boaters. As a member of the “Mooring Committee” I can say that the city has no interest in really developing a boater friendly community.
        Still, I recommend to everyone that, rather than avoid areas of “conflict ie. St Pete, St. Augustine, etc., they use these areas and RESIST (nicely, of course) the erosion of navigation rights.
        As for the notion of the city “noticing the reduction of boating visitors and responding accordingly”, the city of B.B. would be quite happy if no one EVER anchored a boat in “their” waters.
        W.W.

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