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Re: Beaufort South Carolina no longer a free anchor
I have never seen many boats on the Titusville moorings. It's good holding in that area, you always lie to the wind and you can anchor just north of the field or east of it on the east side of the ICW, although it shallows up fast there. I noted on a forum that the Titusville moorings did not seem well maintained and someone from the marina responded that the missing ones were down for maintenance. All the liveaboards in Titusville just moved north a few hundred feet. The various jurisdictions might be getting grants for the installation but where will the money for maintenance come from?
You nailed it RIGHT on the head. Once the mooring field is permitted, it doesn't matter WHAT condition the moorings are in...you're not allowed to anchor in its proximity. These cities are putting in mooring fields in popular anchorages *NOT* to attract cruisers, but to keep them away! No one in their right mind will hook up to one of these broken down moorings once they fall apart. Now, the landside dwellers will get their exclusive view of the anchorage...without those pesky cruisers in the way.
This is why mooring fields MUST be fought off...especially in the keys, where they're talking about making Monroe County one big restricted mooring field. Get educated and GET OUT THERE AND FIGHT THEM OFF.