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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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      Comments from Cruisers (5)

      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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    • 88. DeSoto Point Anchorage

      88. DeSoto Point Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 31.380 North/082 38.462 West
      Location: found in the pocket of 6-foot waters just inside the shelter of DeSoto Point, south and east of flashing daybeacon #12
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet, but caution is required to avoid 4-foot shallows
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but open to eastern and northeasterly winds

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      1. Laura -  January 2, 2015 - 12:42 pm

        This is an excellent anchorage and very popular with locals due to the nice beach and swimming area at the park. Weekends are crowded but it quiets down at night. DeSoto memorial park is worth visiting as well with a free museum and self guided walking tour. If the wind is blowing out of the northeast you could shoot across the way over to Emerson Point which is another great anchorage with another great park to visit. No provisions nearby but you could head up river to nearby bradenton or palmetto and grocery is nearby via a cab (Publix).

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    • 89. Snead Island Anchorage

      89. Snead Island Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 31.826 North/082 37.974 West
      Location: lies along the broad band of deep water northeast of unlighted daybeacon #11
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to southern, southeastern and southwestern winds

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      1. Anne Davidson -  August 7, 2017 - 8:18 pm

        It’s a great anchorage … we dropped the hook at 2 am and slept peacefully til the sun woke us at 9

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      2. Anne Davidson -  August 4, 2017 - 4:03 pm

        thanks, we will try it for our first anchoring out adventure tonight around 11 pm, with a north westerly clocking to ENE wind by early morning. Our 29′ vessel only draws 3.5 feet. Still, anchoring, then watching to be sure it holds probably won’t be conducive to sleep. That may wait until t-docking at regatta pointe tomorrow night. S/V I imagine will report back sunday…

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      3. […] went for a provisioning run, and then set off!  David and I had done some research and scoped out an anchorage just down the Manatee River, off of Emerson Point Preserve and Snead Island.  The anchorage was excellent; quiet, even for a holiday weekend, good holding, and protected from […]

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      4. Laura -  January 2, 2015 - 3:10 pm

        This [De Soto Point] is an excellent anchorage and very popular with locals due to the nice beach and swimming area at the park. Weekends are crowded but it quiets down at night. DeSoto memorial park is worth visiting as well with a free museum and self guided walking tour. If the wind is blowing out of the northeast you could shoot across the way over to Emerson Point [Snead Island] which is another great anchorage with another great park to visit. No provisions nearby but you could head up river to nearby bradenton or palmetto and grocery is nearby via a cab (Publix).
        Laura

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      5. James Carroll -  June 10, 2013 - 10:44 am

        Very large anchorage with good depth for large boats. We were able to come in here after dark in a 68′ cruiser.

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    • 90. McKay Point Anchorage

      90. McKay Point Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 31.382 North/082 36.910 West
      Location: lies north-northeast of flashing daybeacon #14
      Minimum Depth: 5-9 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to southern, southeastern and southwestern winds

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    • 91. Hooker Point Anchorage

      91. Hooker Point Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 30.944 North/082 36.107 West
      Location: lies northeast of flashing daybeacon #15
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor to fair, open to southern, southeastern and southwestern winds

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    • 92. Palmetto Waterfront Anchorage

      92, Palmetto Waterfront Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 30.549 North/082 34.416 West
      Location: found northeast of unlighted daybeacon #20
      Minimum Depth: 5-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to western and southwestern winds

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    • 93. Bradenton Waterfront Anchorage

      93. Bradenton Waterfront Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 30.056 North/082 34.476 West
      Location: will be discovered south of unlighted daybeacon #22
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, but open to northern and northwestern winds

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    • 94. Egmont Key Anchorage

      94. Egmont Key Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 35.134 North/082 45.547 West
      Location: found east of the Egmont Key location denoted as Pilot Lookout” on the current edition of chart 11411
      Minimum Depth: 10-feet
      Swing Room: unlimited
      Foul Weather Shelter: poor, protected only from western, southwestern and northwestern winds

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    • 95. Bunces Pass Easterly Anchorage

      95. Bunces Pass Easterly Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 38.834 North/082 43.149 West
      Location: found on the waters just south of the Bunces Pass channel, immediately west of the fixed 19-foot bridge
      Minimum Depth: 7-8 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good, except in strong western and southwestern winds

      Rating:  Special Comment: your craft must be able to clear the 19 foot fixed bridge before this anchorage can be safely accessed

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    • 96. Bunces Pass Western Anchorage

      96. Bunces Pass Western Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 38.703 North/082 44.184 West
      Location: will be discovered on the waters just northwest of the charted offshoot in the southerly banks, between charted and unlighted daybeacons #4 and #2
      Minimum Depth: 8-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

      Rating:  Special Comment: your craft must be able to clear the 19 foot fixed bridge before this anchorage can be safely accessed

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    • 97. Sunshine Skyway Anchorage

      97. Sunshine Skyway Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 42.260 North/082 40.621 West
      Location: lies in the lee of the northernmost section of the Sunshine Skyway causeway, north-northwest of unlighted daybeacon #13
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 55 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair to good, wide open to southern and southeastern winds

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    • 98. Little Bayou Southerly Anchorage

      98. Little Bayou Southerly Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 43.325 North/082 37.903 West
      Location: will be discovered hard by unlighted daybeacon #17
      Minimum Depth: 5-6 feet, but even a slight mistake to the west can land you in 3 feet of water
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 32 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Mike Collins -  November 17, 2011 - 1:40 pm

        There is an obstruction in the middle of this bayou. It’s about 2 1/2 feet off the bottom, so at an average tide it is about 2 1/2 feet below the surface. It is a hard, man made object, roughly the shape of a fin, possibly an old keel without the keel bolts.
        Also, there are several shoals in the bayou. The estimate of 5 to 6 foot average depth is accurate for the rest of the bayou. The deeper water tends to be around the rim, which is why the channel is around the rim.
        Mike Collins

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    • 99. Little Bayou Northern Anchorage

      99. Little Bayou Northern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 43.455 North/082 37.952 West
      Location: lies immediately southeast of unlighted daybeacon #21
      Minimum Depth: 5 to 5 ½ feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

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      1. Mike Collins -  November 17, 2011 - 1:41 pm

        There is an obstruction in the middle of this bayou. It’s about 2 1/2 feet off the bottom, so at an average tide it is about 2 1/2 feet below the surface. It is a hard, man made object, roughly the shape of a fin, possibly an old keel without the keel bolts.
        Also, there are several shoals in the bayou. The estimate of 5 to 6 foot average depth is accurate for the rest of the bayou. The deeper water tends to be around the rim, which is why the channel is around the rim.
        Mike Collins

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    • 100. Big Bayou Anchorage

      100. Big Bayou Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 44.358 North/082 38.129 West
      Location: lies about mid-way between unlighted daybeacons #14 and #16
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet, but the bayou’s entrance channel can be very difficult for anyone without specific local knowledge
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: good

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      1. Bob Lorenzi -  July 2, 2013 - 1:53 pm

        Big Bayou is suggested as an alternative anchoring spot to Vinoy Basin. However, I have looked for but not found definitive information regarding anchoring restrictions in Big Bayou. GIS map indicates Big Bayou is within the St. Petersburg City Limits so I presume ordinance 23H would apply. Does this mean anchoring here is prohibited for cruisers and if so, what are the prohibitions? I cruise year round and am considering St. Petersburg as a destination in 2014 primarily because it is rarely affected by hurricanes.

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    • 101. North Yacht Basin/Vinoy Basin Anchorage/Mooring Field

      101. North Yacht Basin Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 46.538 North/082 37.765 West
      Location: found on the waters of the northernmost basin of the principal St. Petersburg waterfront, north of the charted “Municipal Pier
      Special Note: This anchorage is, as of later 2011, early 2012, being converted to a mooring field, and all anchored vessels have been asked to leave. There is still a pay-for dinghy dock available in the harbor’s northwest corner
      Minimum Depth: 9-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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      1. Rick Parish -  June 28, 2010 - 11:06 am

        This can be a very rough anchorage when the wind is out of the NE-E and blowing 15K or more. The incoming wavelets bounce off the surrounding concrete bulkheads and set up quite an irregular chop. Otherwise, a great anchorage close to lots of downtown activity and if you are lucky an outdoor concert or event.

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    • 102. Coffeepot Bayou Outer Anchorage

      102. Coffeepot Bayou Outer Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 47.494 North/082 37.050 West
      Location: found on the waters of the deep offshoot makes off to the north, just short of Coffeepot Bayou’s easterly entrance
      Minimum Depth: 10-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good except with strong southern winds in the offing

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    • 103. Coffeepot Bayou Inner Anchorage

      103. Coffeepot Bayou Inner Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 27 47.487 North/082 37.521 West
      Location: will be found between the charted island and the 7-foot fixed bridge
      Minimum Depth: 5 ½ to 6 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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