Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Portland, Maine USA
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Here is a story from this weekend....
I motor up to a nice small island in Casco Bay, with a sandy beach and some moorings... I have 5 kids and two adults on board... Kids see sand, kids want sand, so we anchor.... well clear of all the moorings, in about 18' of water (high tide), Lobster pots all around....as you all have seen.
Here we are, finishing up the barbecue on the beach, when I notice a Grady White cabin boat, right in front of my boat, swinging on a "LOBSTER POT"!
The guy caught a lobster pot for a mooring, leaving no swinging room for me.
Tide current started ripping and all the boats swung around. Luckily, at this point, we were on our way back to the boat.... My boat started sailing on the anchor, one of those inexplicable behaviours, when current is opposed the wind but not quite strong enough to take over, so the boat sails sideways to the anchor. The Grady started drifting on to my boat... I poled it off and started screaming at the owner on the beach. He politely explained that he was on a mooring, disguised as a lobster pot... I left, did not want to argue...
Now, tell me, what's up with that?
I was there first, that thing did not look like a mooring, the Grady boat should have found a different spot, right?
Especially, when he could clearly see that we would bump eventually.
I wish I only had the nature to contend with...