Freycinet - Schouten's northern anchorages
Reviewed Jan 2017
Last visited in 2015.
There are two anchorages in Schouten Passage sheltered under the granite of Bear Hill & Mt Story.
The eastern bay is formally known as Crocketts Bay, but is also referred to as "Little Gravelly or Bear Hill Bay". Sheltered in ENE through to SSW.
It is reassuring to know that on the other side of the Passage, shelter may be found in NW to E winds at Passage Beach and Bryans Corner.
The only downside is that when the pre-frontal NW freshens, after the front comes through, the wind backs to the SW .... and whilst boats do 'hang on' at Bryans or Moreys, in those conditions, its probably best to retreat to Wineglass, or even run for Spring Bay (Orford / Triabunna) - particularly if nasty weather is expected.
Re the anchorages, there is reef on the southern edge of Crocketts and some of the anchorages are prone to algal weed - which can make anchoring in the dark a tad problematic.
Wineglass and Coles Bay have been reported separately. Coles Bay is fine in settled weather and is great for changing crew / getting some perishables.
Hen and Chicken Bay on the southern side of Schouten is steep to and tight. Have seen fishermen laying in there - but have never dropped the pick there.
The scenery - wow! Great walk up to the top of Bear Hill.
Depending on the time of the year, you can be on your own!
The algal weed