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Whats your favorite anchorage?

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by Phil Herring, Aug 6, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
    4,365 posts, 228 likes
    US Bainbridge Island
    Whether you like it because its close to home, easy to set a hook, or the most beautiful cove on the planet, we all have our preferred anchorages.

    Tell us why you like yours... and post a photo!

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  2. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,982 posts, 2,271 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    I have 'favorite' anchorages all over the world, but my real favorite is always the one you can use the most. Right across Wayzata Bay from our club is a relatively secluded cove with good protection from anything with a westerly component. 30 feet of water with a good bottom. We can sail all day, anchor here for a late dinner and drinks, and then go to bed. And still make it to work in the morning. THATS the real trick.

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  3. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,737 posts, 512 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    Little Scorpion (Santa Cruz Island, CA)---the partly enclosed area (where the boats are) behind the two large rocks. We're the sidewise boat. View from atop Cavern Point looking ESE. Anacapa Island in the distance.

    It's pretty in a rugged sense, permits access to interesting features such as caves, kelp beds & trails, and is only 18 n.mi from our erstwhile slip in Ventura Harbor. Nearly always good sailing home on a broad reach.

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  4. Sailm8

    Sailm8

    Joined Feb 21, 2008
    1,503 posts, 169 likes
    Hunter 29.5
    US Punta Gorda
    Pelican Bay at Cayo Costa island. We can spend weeks at a time at anchor.
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  5. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,737 posts, 512 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    I was there last myself in early June 2011.
     


  6. h2o_snow

    h2o_snow

    Joined Nov 18, 2016
    43 posts, 11 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lucky Peak
    Timely! My answer - depends on where we are. Alaska, Crete, Maine, Oz. etc. - all have been memorable.

    Currently on the hook at Spencer Spit on Lopez in the San Juans. Literally, just pulled up a crab pot (dropped next to the boat last night). 3 keepers.

    This place is OK too. :)
     


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  7. pateco

    pateco

    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    2,102 posts, 551 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    Right inside Hillsboro Inlet, there is a small anchorage that is quite nice.
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    and then there is Sunrise Bay in Fort Lauderdale. Our club occasionally uses it for Cruising events.
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  8. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,737 posts, 512 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    Port-side flag mount? Tsk, tsk.
     


  9. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,982 posts, 2,271 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Indeed. While not a true reg, better on starboard. BlueJ has a VFH mast on the starboard transom that would engage with he flag under sail, so I reluctantly moved mine to port. Funny thing is, the 36.7 factory mount for the flag is also on port!
     


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  10. pateco

    pateco

    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    2,102 posts, 551 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    That is where it was when I got the boat. Starboard side has the dinghy outboard mount, and outboard motor lift/crane mount. The port side is also now crowded since I added the gas grill.
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    Where should it be?
     


  11. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,982 posts, 2,271 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Details:

    The U.S. ensign is proper for all U.S. yachts, without reservation. This is "Old Glory," with 50 stars and 13 stripes. All boats, when at anchor, fly it from the stern staff, if so equipped, only while occupied. It is flown from the stern staff of powerboats underway on inland waters. If the powerboat has a mast and gaff, the proper display is at the gaff. On a sportsfisherman, where a stern staff would be in the way of the action, the practice is to fly the ensign from a halyard rigged just behind the tuna tower.

    On Marconi-rigged sailboats under sail alone, the practice for many years had been to fly the ensign from the leech of the aftermost sail, approximately 2/3 the length of the leech above the clew. This puts it in about the same position it would occupy if the boat were gaff-rigged, and on gaff-rigged sailboats it is proper to fly the ensign from the peak of the aftermost gaff.

    The advent of the modern high-aspect-ratio rig, with the boom end well inboard of the stern, has made it is possible to fly the ensign from the stern staff of a sailboat underway, and this is now an accepted practice. However, the ensign should never be displayed while the boat is racing. Under power alone, or at anchor or made fast, the ensign should be flown from the stern staff of all sailboats. If an overhanging boom requires that the staff be off center, it should preferably be on the starboard side.

    From
    https://www.flagandbanner.com/content/boating-flag-traditions-and-etiquette.asp
     


  12. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,737 posts, 512 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    Starboard side or on the centerline of the transom if on a pole/staff; not port side. Never from the spreaders.
     


  13. pateco

    pateco

    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    2,102 posts, 551 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    Centerline has the transom swim ladder.
     


  14. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,982 posts, 2,271 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    @Kings Gambit, You seem pretty adamant about the P/S thing.... I've always seen this written as a recommendation and not a reg or protocol. Do you have a source that specifies otherwise? Here's the US-built First 36.7 flying colors to port on the factory mounted staff and ring... I assume if it were an actual reg someone would have changed this.

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  15. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,737 posts, 512 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    It's protocol; not regulation as far as I know.
     


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  16. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,737 posts, 512 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    Yeah, on mine too; so, I have the flag staff on the starboard rail. The boat came with the staff mount there.
     


  17. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,737 posts, 512 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    Here's something from the US Power Squadron.

    The U.S. national ensign, sometimes called "50-star" or "Old Glory," is the proper and preferred flag for all U.S. vessels. Your boat should wear it from 0800 until sunset, and when you enter or leave port during daylight or at night, weather and rig permitting. While in port, if you leave your boat and will not return before sunset, lower and stow the national ensign before you go.

    The national ensign worn by a vessel must be the flag of her registry—not necessarily that of the owner or operator.

    Generally, the national ensign should be displayed at the peak of the gaff, i.e., the outer end of the spar extending aft from the mast of your boat—if your boat has a gaff. If it does not, fly it from the flagstaff at your boat's stern. If your boat has an overhanging boom or an outboard motor, your flagstaff may be offset to starboard (preferably) from your boat's centerline.

    On a sportfishing boat, where a stern staff might interfere with the gear, and vice versa, the practice is to fly the ensign from a halyard rigged amidships on the after part of the superstructure.

    Marconi-rigged sailboats may fly the ensign from the leech of the aftermost sail (or from the back stay), approximately 2/3 the distance up its length. This puts it in about the same position it would occupy if the boat were gaff-rigged.

    At anchor or made fast, the ensign should be flown from the stern staff of all boats. The U.S. national ensign has a 10:19 hoist/fly ratio.
     


  18. jwing

    jwing

    Joined Jun 5, 2014
    423 posts, 173 likes
    ODay Mariner
    US Guntersville
    All my favorite natural places are known to those who have been there. They remain for others to experience the joy of discovery.

    I do not tell people where my favorite places are, but I will take you there if I like you, and you promise to keep it on the down low, too. Likewise, I wish other people would not broadcast their favorite natural spots. They already have enough visitors.
     


  19. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,737 posts, 512 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    You can argue all day long that there's is no "rule" that says you can't fly colors on port side. Doesn't change the fact that the starboard side of the boat traditionally holds the "higher" position of honor--and if having a choice, that is where the US flag should be flown if on a staff. What do the Frenchys care about US flag "protocol"? Where do they fly theirs?
     


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  20. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
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    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    hey Grumpy! ;^)

    I'm not arguing at all. I said in my first post that I agree that its better on starboard. But that is a recommendation on the protocol. In fact it's perfectly OK for it to be on port, and probably not warranting the dismissive 'tisk tisk'.
     



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