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39. York Island Anchorage

39. York Island Anchorage
Statute Mile 5
Lat/Lon: near 26 29.038 North/082 05.731 West
Location: will be discovered off the southern shores of York Island, well northwest of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #13
Minimum Depth: 7-feet
Swing Room: unlimited
Foul Weather Shelter: fair, but wide open to southern, southeastern and southwestern winds


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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (6)

  1. John -  March 1, 2017 - 9:54 am

    We anchored close to York but actually right in front of St James since we wanted a shorter dinghy ride to town. Winds were as predicted from the NW at 10 to 15 MPH so it was a pleasant evening. We got a bit of boat wake bouncing us around in the day time but nice calm evenings. I think there would be less boat traffic in front of York but then you have a longer dinghy ride if you want to go into town. St James is a pretty casual town, a few bars, a minimal general store, nice gift shop, and a pottery shop. Gunk holing the canals of St James in the dinghy was pretty cool.

  2. Claiborne -  November 26, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    We spent three nights anchored off York Island, close to St. James City 11/23/10. Winds from NE and NW but didn’t seem too rolly to me. Tried Chino first but quite rough, open, and didn’t care for the ugly view of the power lines. Liked York Island anchorage. Many manatee and porpoise around. Easy trip to restaurants–and Waterfront Restaurant close and allowed dogs outside. Everyone friendly. Anchorage has space for many boats and whole area is deep if you don’t get too close to shore. We took dinghy across to Tarpon Bay and fish were everywhere.

  3. Claiborne -  November 15, 2010 - 10:09 am

    Anchored there on 11/12/10. Wind 10-15 out of NE. A bit rolly. Need N winds for it to be a calm spot. You can dinghy into St. James City which has a couple of restaurants on the canals. Not much to see, though.
    Bill Rogner

  4. George -  November 2, 2009 - 9:39 am

    We anchored here and found the holding fine, plenty of room and not much traffic to rock the boat. It was a nice place. We expected a front to come through but we ended up with just a slight breeze.
    s/v John Galt
    Tayana 37

  5. Capt Mike Smith -  August 12, 2009 - 5:56 pm

    If you need a bit more shelter, you can, with 5′ draft, follow the marked channel up into St James City, and, keeping the dredged canals to your starboard, proceed straight ahead into Long Cut. Good anchoring in about 7 to 8 ft for some distance past the last north-south canal, but don’t venture in too far. Right now you’ll see a couple of sailboats in there, but they’re really shoal draft, and I would stay about half the distance to them.

  6. Donn Brown -  August 11, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    I have anchored near here (closer to the inlet into St. James City) with a slight breeze all night and under a full moon and it was fantastic.
    Very little boat traffice going in and out of the inlet. A Sheriff’s Deputy did check up on us in the morning asking how long we were going to be there. Not sure what her motives were because she never asked to come aboard.
    She was seen checking out another sailboat nearby.

    Donn Brown
    Namaste – W27


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