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Old 01-12-2021, 05:43 AM
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Default Overnight anchorage/docking at North Captiva

We have some friends that are renting a house on North Captiva, they invited us to stay for a few days. Instead of taking the ferry over, we thought we might take the boat. It's a 39-foot powerboat, 3.5 foot draft. I looked at Active Captain and some of the other resources and it doesn't seem to indicate that there is any anchoring in Safety Harbor. We called North Captiva club and they said the boat is too big for their dock, I have been unable to get hold of Barnacle Phil's to ask about their docks.

I'm perfectly fine with leaving the boat at anchor overnight, if there was a place for it to be safe.

Another friend said that he thought the boat might be even too big to get into Safety Harbor.

Any local knowledge here that might shed light on this?

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Old 01-12-2021, 06:37 AM
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I haven't been to Safety Harbor in years, but if I recall, it can get pretty skinny back in there, and this time of year you might be tide restricted. I think the harbor has enough depth, but getting in there is another story. I don't know if I've ever seen large boats anchored in the harbor. We've anchored off of the northwest side of Useppa Island, and it's very protected, but it's a decent run to North Captiva from there, depending on your dinghy. South Seas might be an option too, and there's also an anchorage off of Tween Waters (Buck Key I believe?). Wind direction could limit/dictate your choices.
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might be easiest to put the boat at south seas and use your dinghy to run back and fourth. I know they want $$$$ for their slips but it would be safe for the night.
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Yeah, South Seas would be your best bet. I was there in November and there were bigger boats than yours tied to the docs. There was a 42' Leopard Catamaran Sailboat parked there for a few days.
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You shouldn't have any trouble getting to Phils, Don't know if they rent slips overnight though. Try calling the rental agent for the house to see if they have any suggestions.
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I have seen 70' vessels in south seas basin. my old slip mate had his 63' nordhaven in there as well.
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Agreed on South Seas. There was an approximately 150’ yacht when we were there last summer.
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There is enough water and dock space at Barnacles. Not sure if they allow overnight though.
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Pelican Bay north of Captiva Pass has plenty of deep water and well protected from wind and waves
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As many have said South Seas would be a good deep water dock and would be a 3.5 mile dinghy ride to Barnacles from there. Pelican Bay is a great deep water anchorage but its a 5.5 mile run from there.

I was at Barnacles this August on my center console and I will say the channel is very narrow going into Barnacles and there is a sharp turn but I remember commenting that it was deep enough to get our 42 ft back there (we draft a little over 4 ft). That said I don't know what the tide was at the time and tides do run low this time of year. I don't know how much anchoring space there is once you get back there. I don't know if there is overnight dockage at Barnacles but there was enough room for your boat.

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Originally Posted by sfaatz View Post
As many have said South Seas would be a good deep water dock and would be a 3.5 mile dinghy ride to Barnacles from there. Pelican Bay is a great deep water anchorage but its a 5.5 mile run from there.

I was at Barnacles this August on my center console and I will say the channel is very narrow going into Barnacles and there is a sharp turn but I remember commenting that it was deep enough to get our 42 ft back there (we draft a little over 4 ft). That said I don't know what the tide was at the time and tides do run low this time of year. I don't know how much anchoring space there is once you get back there. I don't know if there is overnight dockage at Barnacles but there was enough room for your boat.

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as stated above you can fit your boat at Barnacle Phils if they allow it. But the basin outside of the narrow channel is all very shallow, you won’t have enough water to anchor at low tide anywhere around there.
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Tons of good anchorages in that area. Do you use Active Captain? You should if you don't.
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I haven’t been back to North Captiva in several years but I know that there were houses with docks that would accommodate a 35’. The houses were north of the landing strip and on the east side. Maybe reach out to the house owners or their rental agents.
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Thanks for all the replies, they are very helpful!!
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Originally Posted by Appleman View Post
no one is doubting that dockage is available at South Seas. OP is asking about North Captiva, at the north end of that island. It is shallow in the harbor outside of the channel.
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Originally Posted by CRC353 View Post
There is enough water and dock space at Barnacles. Not sure if they allow overnight though.
they do. $3/ foot
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Originally Posted by Jay8271 View Post
Another friend said that he thought the boat might be even too big to get into Safety Harbor.

Any local knowledge here that might shed light on this? Thanks.
Not too big for Safety Harbor. Getting in is tricky, you just have to take it slow and read the water, so if you run aground it'll be easy to get off and it's all sand going in and once inside, so if you do make a mistake, there'll be no major damage done. As mentioned, you can overnight at Barnacles, just call a few days ahead and get the poop - then call the morning of and give them an ETA so they'll have a spot for you as it is a busy place - but the docks are fairly new and in good condition.

Originally Posted by swflgroupertherapy View Post
Pelican Bay north of Captiva Pass has plenty of deep water and well protected from wind and waves
But it's prolly 3/4 miles to North Captiva - as long of a dingy run as it is from South Seas.
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I was in Safety Harbor about a month ago. It’s pretty tight around the fish house. Wish I had more up to date info for you.

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