Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-01-2012
A short hop north of the 65-foot Blue Heron bridge, cruisers can break off to the east from a point just north of AICW marker #37, and track their way east into what would be a very popular anchorage, if it were not for the host of sunken and semi-sunken craft that have been left to rot in these waters. If anyone ever doubted that the Sunshine State has a genuine problem with derelicts (abandoned vessels) and “live aboard hulks,” that fanciful notion will be permanently put to rest by a view of this anchorage.
By the way, for all of you who make your vessel your home, please do NOT be offended by my term, “live aboard hulks.” This variety of “vessel,” is being lived on, but will almost certainly never move again, unless it’s straight down to the bottom.
You must carefully pick your way between the derelicts, and the other boats long-term anchored here, to find a spot with enough swing room for your vessel. Assuming you are successful, once the hook is down, break out the dinghy and point your bow south to the public launch ramps associated with Foster Park. This public area makes a good spot to take your pet ashore. You can also walk across to the ocean side beaches, where you will discover a few low key restaurants and shops.
This anchorage’s shelter from foul weather is pretty good, unless strong winds are wafting from the west or northwest. With these conditions in the offing, consider the anchorage hard by Peanut Island.