Mooring Rules - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 10-01-2009 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 5,006
Thanks: 5
Thanked 18 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 12
     
Mooring Rules

One of tager's posts made me curious about moorings. In general, what are the rules for creating a new mooring in a body of water, dropping something really heavy to the bottom and hanging off of it for long periods of time ? I'm guessing it probably varies depending on where you are, but if you're just out in the world away from the majority of folks, out in the Chesapeake Bay or something, or in San Francisco Bay ? Can you just get a huge hunk of metal and create a makeshift barge to drag it out into the water and drop it to the bottom with some chain on it ?

No no! That's not an engine block, that's an artificial reef!

What are you pretending not to know ?

Please support my
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
wind_magic is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 10-01-2009
Senior Member
 
T37Chef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,475
Thanks: 74
Thanked 42 Times in 37 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
from Maryland DNR:
Single Recreational Mooring Buoys
Using Mooring Buoys
It is not always convenient for a boat owner to secure their boat at a dock. On those occasions the person may choose to anchor their boat in a safe location. However, anchors have been known to slip during storms and the owner may awake to find the boat drifted away during the night to destinations unknown.
The most reliable way to prevent this is to attach the boat to a mooring buoy. Mooring buoys are secured to the ground by either being drilled into the waterway bed or by being attached to a heavy mushroom or similar anchor with enough weigh to hold the boat in place. To ensure the buoys do not hinder the safety of others there are restrictions and requirements placed on them.
Permits
The State does not require a permit for single recreational mooring buoys. The federal government requires no permit either, granting permission under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, a mooring buoy may bear ownership identification. We suggest using the state registration number, documentation number or vessel name.
Placement Restrictions
While there are no permits required for mooring buoys, there are restrictions on where you may place them. You may not place one in such a position that the arc of swing extends into a marked or unmarked channel, including navigational main channels as designated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Moorings also may not be placed in a manner that interferes with the operation of an access through any bridge.
Mooring buoys may not be established in the following areas:
  • Public shellfish beds;
  • Private shellfish beds, unless permission is obtained from the leaseholder;
  • Cable crossing areas;
  • Designated beach and swim areas in the Severn River; or in
  • Controlled ski areas in the Severn River.
Required Placement
Single recreational moorings shall be placed in such a position that the area encompassed by the arc of the swing does not extend more than one-third the open water distance from the mean high water line on one shore to the mean high water line on the opposite shore. Also, the arc of the swing must not impede or obstruct access to the land of any riparian property owner, the access and proper use of any public access point, or otherwise hinder the orderly access to and use of waterways by the general public.
If you plan to be mooring in Kent County or Annapolis City, be sure to check with these jurisdictions first, because they have additional mooring requirements.
Buoy Appearance
Mooring buoys shall be colored white and shall have a horizontal blue band around the circumference of the buoy, centered midway between the top of the buoy and the water line.
A lighted mooring buoy shall normally display a slow flashing white light. When its location in a waterway is such that it constitutes an obstruction to a vessel operated during hours of darkness, it shall display a quick flashing white light.
Questions
If you have any questions concerning the requirement for a single recreational mooring buoy, please feel free to contact your local Natural Resources Police office or the Safety Education Division at 410-260-3289.

Updated April 5, 2006
Single Recreational Mooring Buoys

Cheers,
Shawn

S/V Windgeist
1982 Tartan 37C

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by T37Chef; 10-01-2009 at 10:17 PM.
T37Chef is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 6 Old 10-01-2009
HANUMAN
 
RobGallagher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Noank, Connecticut, USA
Posts: 1,493
Thanks: 7
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
The Chesapeake Bay and San Fanscisco Bay are probably heavily regulated in the arena of "permanent moorings". I know where I am located on the east coast there are waiting lists I am on for a private owned mooring permit that I may never live long enough to enjoy reaching the top of.
RobGallagher is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 6 Old 10-01-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: chesapeake bay
Posts: 1,942
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
rob the post above you gives the cheasy rules. which are basicly nothing except common sense
scottyt is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 6 Old 10-01-2009
Senior Member
 
Wayne25's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 381
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 9
 
In Delaware you need to get approval from I believe the local office of the Corp of Engineers.

Wayne
Rehoboth Bay/Indian River, DE
S/Y KJ, Helms 25
1976 #552
Wayne25 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 6 Old 10-02-2009
Senior Member
 
tommays's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4,296
Thanks: 1
Thanked 30 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
If you plan to be mooring in Kent County or Annapolis City, be sure to check with these jurisdictions first, because they have additional mooring requirements.

In Northport your mooring has to pass inspection which is GOOD because people are a bit lax in there upkeep

1970 Cal 29 Sea Fever

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

1981 J24 Tangent 2930
Tommays
Northport NY


If a dirty bottom slows you down what do you think it does to your boat
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
tommays is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Understanding the Racing Rules, Part Three Dean Brenner Racing Articles 0 09-09-2002 08:00 PM
Racing Rules Review Dean Brenner Racing Articles 0 06-20-2002 08:00 PM
The Mechanics of Mooring Mark Matthews Seamanship Articles 0 05-19-2002 08:00 PM
Understanding the Racing Rules Dan Dickison Racing Articles 0 02-10-2002 07:00 PM
Understanding the Racing Rules Dan Dickison Her Sailnet Articles 0 02-10-2002 07:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome