Arrived at the boat on 2/25/11 to do some chores and local cruising. We got the Weaver Leaver installed on the dinghy and noted needed parts to order. Then it was to go down to Boca Grand for a couple of nights, Cayo Costa for a couple of nights, then to an anchorage behind Useppa Island. Beautiful weather temperature wise. Wind picked up to 20-28 mph. A little much for anchorages exposed to the east wind. We went into the south end of the Boca Grande Canal, and dropped anchor. We took the dinghy to secure a line to the mangroves on the east side of the canal. With our stern snuggled up against the mangroves, we had the perfect anchorage for the conditions. We anchored there for four nights—-the longest we have stayed anchored in one spot.
We read and relaxed for four days Pictures of Boca Grande and the anchorage follow.
I’m interested in your anchoring experience at Boca Grande. Late last year, there was rumoring that the Gasparilla Inn was making it difficult for boats anchored in Boca Grand Bayou and that the marine police were threatening to ticket cruisers. Since you were anchored there for four days, did you see any of this? We are hoping to sail up there next month. Appreciate any insight. Mary Lee (S/V Rhapsody/Tartan 40)