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Just as in the Bahamas, a two-anchor Bahamian moor is recommended when strong reversing tidal currents are present or when as anchorage is tight and swinging room is limited.

Ordinary anchorages require a burying-type anchor such as a Danforth or plow. In the Keys, both are usually satisfactory. When the bottom gets grassy, when hard marl or coral lie under a shallow layer of powdery sand, or when coral and rock line an area, then a good solid hooking anchor is best. A yachtsman, kedge, or Herreshoff fits this category, as do grapnels, plows, and Northills.

Mileage indicated here is in statute miles, and no effort has been made to tell you how far off the channel the anchorage is located. You should be able to find these spots easily on your chart. Please use your charts and other necessary navigation publications for your research. If you're not sure of the area you are heading, ask for local knowlege to help to you get the correct information. There are other places, though, where a prudent mariner can anchor. Let us know how these anchorages are or if you find other good ones.

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