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The Politics of Anchoring; Where to Anchor
In thinking about living aboard a sailboat, or even taking a long trip,
I often think about anchoring in out of the way places.
I live on the Maine coast.... There are several small harbors near me,
but there's always a waiting list to get a mooring in the harbors.
They are also expensive, up to $1000 for a season. I've thought about
anchoring or mooring my boat nearby, outside of one of these harbors.
Of course it has to be someplace where you have access to the water.
I've heard two different schools of thought. One is that you can anchor
anywhere you wish, outside of an established harbor. In a harbor, you
should use an already installed mooring if available. There are plenty of
places outside of designated harbors where it is safe to anchor, or moor.
The other line of thinking is that you have to clear any anchoring/mooring
anywhere with the town or nearby harbor, or whatever.
I believe legally, you can anchor anywhere. Some people say you can
do that for a couple of days, then you should move on.
What makes a good mooring? I have a small 17 ft daysailer. I'm
thinking of making a mooring weight of casting some concrete into a
auto wheel rim. You want it to be heavy enough to hold your boat, but
perhaps the weight could be in several pieces to make it easy to put into
the water, and take out and move.
Jim Baranski, Franklin ME
17' Siren; looking for a bigger old boat!