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post #136 of Old 02-18-2014
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Re: Beaufort South Carolina no longer a free anchor

Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
The laws regarding who and how you can drop your hook in any navigable waterways are fairly old, longstanding, and undisputed. You can drop it, incidental to the purposes of navigation, but if you're not "passing through" you're no longer navigating,. (VBG)
really? that's not how the states attorney of Florida defines vessels in navigation.
the states attorney of Florida says vessels at anchor ARE in navigation.
There is no. time limit.
So, how do you define "passing through "
Would a week be acceptable? what about a month,2 months, 3?
Who decides?
it's not an easy question to answer.
the answer I favor is,if you are abiding the laws already in effect you anchor as long as you want.
a week,a year, a decade.
does your boat sail or motor? registered? anchor lite,mad,life jacket, etc.
then what's the REAL reason you object to unfettered anchorage?
I'm. not interested in "what if" scare scenarios only things that did happen.
in Florida if your boat sinks or washes ashore it's a misdemeanor if you don't /can't or choose not to address it.this law is not new and when utilized works well, when the laws already in effect are not enforced,you have problems.
let's encourage law enforcement to enforce the current laws we pay them to already.
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