Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.
the dinghy isn't registered, so I don't think I can legaly use a motor on an unregistered vessel. The sailboat (the main craft) Is registered , and therefore is not an issue. I'm not sure but my understanding is you are required to have any vessel w/ an engine/motor registered . you cannot simply throw a motor on anything because it's your dinghy.
If I'm wrong then I'm rowing for nothing. If I'm correct I'm avoiding a ticket/fine.
In the last 3-4 days we've been here in Annapolis I/we have been approached 2-3 times already by various law nforcement inquiring as to our "plans" and asking for our boat name,cell phone # and being "advised" of the 75' stand-off law when anchoring. (already knew about it, thanks to sailnetters)
So, when in doubt of local laws I prefer to tread on the safe side. I don't like making donations of hard currency to local enforcement agencies.
maybe I'm just overly causious/paranoid.