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post #78 of Old 12-28-2012
Courtney the Dancer
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Re: Mooring bouys

Lots of different regs in different parts of the USA and Canada. Here in the PNW people are supposed to get a permit for a buoy but it seems like less than 50% do. I don't tie up to buoys (although I would in an emergency) because I don't agree with using someones property without permission. Even if I had no qualms about it I still wouldn't use a buoy I didn't know anything about because I wouldn't sleep all night anyway so what's the point? In the little bay in front of our place (we have a buoy) there were 12 buoys in September (2011), there were 4 left in May, they all drifted away at some point during the winter with NO BOATS tied to them. I watch boats come in and tie up to ours, and others, all the time and just shake my head (no, I don't row out and tell them to move, but I would if I knew it to be unsafe).

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