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Old 09-09-2011
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Anchoring Etiquette

Last weekend we went for a sail to an area of coastal BC we are extremely familiar with and where we have anchored hundreds of times over the years. The tide was still on the rise and had about another 3 feet to rise. There is a shelf that extends about 150 feet out from the shore where the depth is between 30 and 50 feet at high tide. The bottom drops off quickly when you get off this shelf. We pulled in about 75 feet from shore and dropped anchor in 35 feet of water, no wind at all and none forecast.

A guy appears on deck in a sailboat anchored 250 feet away and much further from the shore. I assume he wasnt familiar with the waters as he was in at least 125 feet and more like 150+. He starts cursing us out for anchoring there saying we are going to foul his anchor line if we dont run aground. We tell him we are familiar with the area and he has nothing to worry about but he continues until he finally figures out we are ignoring him. We watched our swings for several hours before going to bed and never came closer than 150 feet between boats. Even at low tide we were no closer than 50 feet from shore.

Was this guy just having a bad day or unfamiliar with the local waters or should we have moved?
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