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Old 12-29-2012
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Re: Mooring bouys

As someone who would NOT consider using someone's mooring because it is not my property and added that it is a complete unknown quantity, IMO, there ought to be legally specified, equally good, free anchorage areas available for people who want to set a hook. I would like to see some lawsuits over damage incurred to boats because they were denied access to a safe anchorage packed with pay-for moorings. There must be other sailors like me who simply can't afford $40/night to sleep somewhere safe. Add it up, that's $1200/mo. while cruising---simply absurd for all but sailors with deep pockets. Municipalities need to back off hogging every square inch of good anchorage areas. I'm really surprised the USCG has permitted so much room to be glommed in "special anchorage" areas.
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