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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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      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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