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It depends...some states have a rule if you're in the state for more than 90 days PER CALENDAR YEAR, regardless of whether they're contiguous or not, you have to pay them money. Others are if you are in the state for more than 90 days CONTINUOUSLY.
Now let's say I violate the 90 day law, is the burden of proof on the local law enforcement? I feel like it might be difficult for them to prove I've been there for more than 90 days since I will be anchoring out. With the cruising grounds that I have in mind I doubt this will be any sort of problem. The particular anchorage in question has a good number of grounded abandoned vessels and no one seems to care much.
EDIT: for clarification the vessels mentioned above are abandoned and then ground themselves over several months of slowly dragging their anchors. So the quality of the sea floor for anchoring is not in question.
Last edited by pos3idon; 02-24-2010 at 02:16 PM.