CuldeSac du Marin

When we sailed into the harbor at Marin, we had a dizzying assortment of anchoring possibilities. There are thousands of boats in this harbor, and you almost have to throw a dart at your chart to decide where’s the best place to go. As always, we take into account wind direction, the number and array of anchored boats, access by dinghy, closeness to land, and any other factor that might influence our decision. We like to have calm water, but we still want a nice breeze; we don’t want anybody right in front of us, and we try to take enough time to wander around looking at nearby boats, how they’re anchored, what kind of gear they’re using, and so on. Since we plan to be here for a little while and expect some stronger winds for a few days, we want to be safe in all ways possible. Our location proved to be a really good spot.

Anchored in Le Marin
Anchored in Le Marin

Not that we’re overly cautious, but we also like to have open space behind us if at all possible, at least for a few days to be certain that we will hold in all conditions. As much as we hate another boat dragging down on top of us, we don’t like dragging down on anyone else either. It seems that many cruisers are just too nonchalant in their anchoring practices, and all too often, we have to watch out for the other guy more so than ourselves. But we were rock solid in this anchorage, and the vessel ahead appeared to be very well cared for, easing our worries about “the guy in front of us”. 
Lots of Space behind Us
Lots of Space behind Us

 Off to starboard a small cove poked into the hillsides. We’d taken a look at this cove on the chart thinking it might be a snug little hidey hole, but all the deep water spots were already occupied by what seemed to be a community of live-aboard sailors. Most of the boats hadn’t moved in quite a while and looked to be settled in either permanently, or at a minimum, for the upcoming hurricane season. Each boat was securely tied to the mangroves by two or three lines, and most boats had two anchors out in the bay. None of them were going anywhere right away.
Shallow Water in the Center
Shallow Water in the Center

Nothing wrong with that, but we realized there’d be no openings in the near future, and we’d had to cross the bay off our list of options when we pulled in to take a peek. 

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