Re: picking up a vacant mooring
FWIW the Canadian government is paying attention here.. a friend with a buoy in Degnen bay received a letter last year instructing him that the buoy must be marked in accordance with the regs (posted above by Delite - which he had not done) and be marked with identifying information, which he had.
Whether or not that will lead to removal of 'non complying' buoys remains to be seen. And of course those that fail to mark with name and address obviously won't be getting those letters.....
I suspect there are many buoys, esp in certain areas, that will not comply with the clearance distances.. Degnen with its random currents is a tough spot because boat pull in all directions, not necessarily together...
We've hooked onto the odd 'private' buoy for a lunch stop, but have never spent a night mostly because of having no idea what's on the bottom, or the shape of the tackle. I'd certainly be prepared to leave if the 'owner' showed up...
It would make sense to mark a buoy with a maximum displacement... The parks buoys around here have a 'one boat' rule... but you might see a 60' power boat there one day, and a 25 foot weekender the next.. if it's good enough for the 60 footer why not allow a couple of smaller boats to share on a busy summer day.. esp if both are willing to pay.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"