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    • Good Words for Fort Myers Yacht Basin and Staff, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


      We are proud that this fine SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR is providing their excellent service and expertise to Okeechobee and West Florida transients! Fort Myers Yacht Basin lies along the southeasterly banks of the Caloosahatchee River, between the 3rd and 4th bridges from west to east.

      Very helpful, and friendly staff. Well protected marina right within walking distance of many taverns, restaurants and shops. Showers are air conditioned and clean.
      Manuel Farinas

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    • Information Requested on Ringling Bridge, Sarasota, GICW Statute Mile 73.5


      Ringling Bridge crosses the West Florida Waterway at Statute Mile 73.5, northwest of flashing daybeacon #10, connecting Lido Key and Sarasota. If you can offer advice to Skipper Verheijen, let us hear from you.

      I was searching, but could not find any local knowledge around the bridge height in Sarasota (Ringling). The charts indicate 65′, but I wonder if that is a “high” or “low” 65′ and if there are observations of the bridge marker at MLLW.
      Thanks,
      Pat Verheijen

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    • 31. Glover Bight Anchorage

      31. Glover Bight Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: near 26 32.282 North/081 59.820 West
      Location: lies on the northeasterly reaches of Glover Bight, northeast of unlighted daybeacon #9
      Minimum Depth: 7-14 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good, but particularly strong southwestern winds might be a problem

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. Chris -  February 2, 2015 - 11:02 pm

        Good holding in this anchorage, but stay out of the SE side as others have mentioned. In the far East corner, where the bight narrows, there is a dock and gazebo. This is a Cape Coral city park with a nice boardwalk. From the end of the boardwalk where it joins the road is 2 miles to Publix, a nice jaunt for avid walkers like us or your collapsible bicicyle. Its a very high step to get out at the dock. Enjoy the usually lame music from the Westin on the weekends!

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      2. S/V Almost Somewhere -  October 5, 2012 - 1:13 pm

        This is a local spot for us..some words of caution about this anchorage. Stay on the west/northwest side of the bight..close as possible to the fuel docks/bar if you are drawing anything 4ft and over. Do NOT cut Red marker “8” to go in or you will be on the ground. The SE corner of the bight is SHALLOW…talking knee deep.. The line between the deep water and the shallows is a narrow one and shifts.
        Best to enter this as if going to the fuel dock then turning out into the bay.

        Keeping in mind all of the above it is an excellent spot with quick easy access to the Gulf, the river, or ICW/Pine Island sound. Holding is good and the warning above about strong SW winds is true and should be heeded. Tarpon Point marina has fair fuel prices but forget the “chandlery” and you may get sticker shock should you choose to eat atthe bar/restaurant

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      3. Claiborne -  February 14, 2010 - 9:32 am

        Hi from Kismet:
        Florida: Anchorage-Cape Coral
        In Cape Coral, Florida, a couple of miles up the Caloosahatchee River off the ICW, is Tarpon Point Marina. Just outside the marina basin is a well protected anchorage located in Glover Bight, it is highlighted in Skipper Bob’s book. We spent the night with only one other boat. It was quiet and surrounded by mangroves and birds.
        Safe Cruising.
        Jim & Lisa Favors – Kismet
        Fathom 40 Fast Trawler

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      4. Claiborne -  August 27, 2009 - 1:04 pm

        Glover Bight Anchorage – Once leaving Gasparilla Island we headed down to this anchorage to spend the next night. Once again, this was a fantastic spot which had deep water all the way in. Once again we had strong winds out of the East Northeast and this spot provided excellent protection. One other advantage of this spot is the excellent scenery in the area. One could easily spend an extra day or two kayaking the beautiful mangroves in the area as well as the many canals in Cape Coral.
        Scott Dimon
        M/V Know Agenda

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    • 32. Bimini Basin Anchorage

      32. Bimini Basin Anchorage
      Okeechobee Standard Mile 145
      Lat/Lon: near 26 33.624 North/081 57.869 West
      Location: found in the charted lake-like body of water named as “Bimini Basin,” on chart 11427, and lying just west of the “Cape Coral” designation on this same chart
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Special Comment: some cruisers have reported poor holding ground in this anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. Susan Landry -  May 18, 2014 - 9:40 am

        This evening we will spend the night in Bimini Basin, Cape Coral. This is a well protected anchorage with access to a nice park. Excellent dinghy dock, picnic tables, and a small sandy beach. Lots of shopping within an easy walk, 3 pharmacies, groceries and especially an excellent ice cream shop right at the park.
        Susan Landry

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      2. Lori Steinbrunner -  February 16, 2014 - 5:32 pm

        Quick note to say “Thanks” for the LPG/Propane availability feature on this website (we use it all the time), and to pass on an addition. From the Bimini Basin anchorage on Cape Coral near Ft Myers, Lee County Plumbing Supply at 532 SE 46th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL, 239-542-4618 does propane refills. It’s less than half a mile walk from the anchorage which has a dinghy dock available at the park.
        Thanks again for all you do to make this cruising life easier, safer and a lot more fun.
        Lori Steinbrunner

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      3. Claiborne -  April 4, 2011 - 12:52 pm

        We overnighted at the Bimini Basin anchorage on our way to Cayo Costa and had a pleasant evening. We found the holding to be quite good in grey sticky mud – it got a test because just before dawn a squall blew through with a 180 degree wind shift and 30+ knot winds and we did not budge. The anchor was set so well I had to yank it out with the engine.
        Jonathan Gorham

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      4. Claiborne -  February 15, 2011 - 3:13 pm

        Just wanted to let everyone know that there is a great anchorage in Cape Coral that beats the moorings/anchorage in the city of Fort Myers hands down. Protected, nice dinghy dock at a park, grocery store, hardware store, west marine, and bus transfer station less than a mile’s walk away. GREAT spot to re-provision and all around great anchorage.
        Nicole

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    • 33. Whiskey Creek Anchorage

      33. Whiskey Creek Anchorage
      Okeechobee Standard Mile 140
      Lat/Lon: lies near 26 34.644 North/081 53.915 West
      Location: Whiskey Creek lies southeast of the Caloosahatchee River’s unlighted daybeacon #66
      Minimum Depth: 4 ½-feet
      Swing Room: TIGHT, sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 32 feet ONLY
      Foul Weather Shelter: very good

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    • 34. Hancock Creek Anchorage

      34. Hancock Creek Anchorage
      Okeechobee Standard Mile 135.5
      Lat/Lon: near 26 39.334 North/081 53.712 West
      Location: found south of the northern turn in the Marinatown Marina entrance channel
      Minimum Depth: 4 ½ feet
      Swing Room: TIGHT, sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 32 feet ONLY
      Foul Weather Shelter: excellent

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    • 35. Lofton Island Mooring Field

      35. Lofton Island Mooring Field
      Okeechobee Standard Mile 135
      Lat/Lon: near 26 39.118 North/081 52.412 West
      Location: will be discovered north of Lofton Island, which itself lies north of Fort Myers Municipal Yacht Basin
      Minimum Depth: 7-8 feet
      Special Comment: call Fort Myers City Yacht Basin at 239-334-8271 to request a mooring
      Swing Room: sufficient swinging room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to northeastern and southwestern winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. jim -  December 12, 2009 - 3:20 pm

        Excellent well-protected anchorage, just noisy with all night traffic on the bridges. Hot and muggy except in winter. Rent a mooring buoy from the City Marina and use their facilities and dinghy dock, or just move north and set your own anchor and use restauarant and bar facilities on west side of westernmost bridge

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