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Re: Mooring bouys
Maryland DNR summarizes mooring placement rules here and by design or accident makes no mention of existing moorings: (www,dnr.state.md.us/boating/srmbuoys.asp)
Of course, there may be something in the actual regs that is not covered by the summary, but remember this is a hypothetical.
In the end, none of us can count on regulations, laws, or changes to them to really help out. The best that we can hope to do here is establish a sense of community values and hope that social pressures will do three things:
1) Limit the wanton placement of destination moorings
2) Establish who exactly the "Jackwad" is: the guy who places the destination mooring in crowded anchorages, or the guy who uses it without permission.
And, since it's rarely possible for the cruiser to know if a given mooring is either secure or a home base -
3) Encourage those placing moorings to do a really good job of marking them.
Wouldn't it be nice to see this?
"Private mooring 40ft-max. Use at your own risk. Leave your phone number if you go ashore"
I don't really see where that citing gives our hypothetical jackwad any options. In fact, this sounds more like it would limit said jackwad from placing a mooring that interfered with another:
Also, the arc of the swing must not impede or obstruct ......, or otherwise hinder the orderly ....... use of waterways by the general public. (Unrelated references removed)
While the majority of this section refers to interfering with access from land or nav channels, it seems to me that it would also prevent one from placing a mooring that interfered with the orderly and legal placement of an existing one.
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