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Old 08-25-2004
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Anchoring Rights

I happened across an article today

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/orer/V12-2-1.pdf

that bothered me. It basically reads that boaters ought not to be allowed to anchor anywhere they want, free of charge. I know that there are many cities and states making it hard for liveaboards to stay in one place for long, if at all. Not being a liveaboard, I know nothing of the actual state of affairs, but reading this article has rubbed me the wrong way. Doing some quick research, it seems that the state (or city) has no jurisdiction over the waters of the U.S. which seems to be below the average high water mark of a "navigable waterway".


Title 33 goes into detail regarding the subject, but I am looking for anyone that has more information on how these states are getting away with overstepping federal regulation and imposing their own ad hoc systems. I hope one day to be a cruiser/liveaboard in our great country, but at the rate some locales are going, I''ll need 2 full time jobs to afford to anchor anywhere as a tourist to spend my money.
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