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Homeless Squatters on a Cities waterfront
Sadly its true... St. Augustine, the inner harbor of Gustovia (St. Barts), Marigot Bay ( St. Martin)or Chaguaramas ( Trinidad). Boats that haven't moved in years or been sitting de-masted not able to move much less sail adds nothing to the sport of sailing and what this great website stands for.
They put out so much rode (150-200 feet)in order to hold forever and as a result the anchorage area is greatly reduced ( they ping around everywhere with the tides). The waterfront is an eyesore as well as a detriment to property values.
We aren't talking about the types of anchorages such you mentioned ( Cape May, NJ, Annapolis, MD, Elizabeth City, NC, Beaufort, NC ) these are normal transist areas people come and go. Also other than NC they have winter to contend with.
As a cruiser who anchored out everyday except 3 days for 2 years out. What do you really spend? Fuel and groceries. $500-$700 month. Less once you get away from the USA.
Since we agree to anchor you are not going into a marina. You might eat out once in a while or have a drink. But likely you are getting together with other cruisers and living on a budget.
In Florida most of the cities are forced to enact tough laws to keep the water clean with some form of civility! I doubt these people are moving their boats in to pumpout.
In the USA I've only seen this in Florida. I assume its because of the weather. Also in Florida by law you can't sleep on the beach. If you could I'm sure you would have tent cities poping up.
Last edited by chuck711; 06-18-2006 at 08:46 PM.