BAIL's A Guide to Anchorages in Southwest Florida : A Guide by Boaters for Boaters     

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To order a copy of  A Guide to Anchorages in Southwest Florida , contact  BAIL Inc. at:

P.O. Box 15014, Sarasota, Fl. 34277-1014

or Call:  (941) 922-5835

or Email:

ISBN#0-9671580-0-1 $14.95

     If you are a cruiser and are planning to sail around to the western coast of Florida, then you have got to get your hands on BAIL's A Guide to Anchorages in Southwest Florida. Now in its second printing of its second edition, this guide was compiled by the Boater's Action and Information League, Inc.  Covering anchorages from Capri Pass (Coconut Island) to Terra Ceia, the guide provides information on local laws concerning anchoring, holding conditions, tips on shoals, suggestions on where to anchor and what amenities can be found on land nearby each anchorage.

     The guide has been meticulously cross referenced with NOAA charts and with tables which rate each anchorage according to position, beauty, holding conditions, storm protection and tranquility. In short, it is what every cruiser needs and wants in order to make passages safer and easier. There are photo maps which demonstrate approach, shoal indicators, marker and buoy information as well as a chart listing the pumpout stations along the way. As if that were not enough, the guide is spiced up with solid sailing and boating advice and tips on everything from kedging off to setting a Bahamian anchor.