I need to know if I am being too much of a jerk about something.
I have my boat on Back Creek in Annapolis. It is right across Port Annapolis Marina. This is one of the most narrow parts of the creek and it is renowned for having poor holding. The creek is only a few hundred feet wide at this location and is around 10 ft MLLW. This is also a main thoroughfare for about 90% of the boats that use the creek. Local ordnances state that boats are not allowed to anchor closer than 75 feet to a dock. There is a gale warning for tomorrow which will include a 180deg shift in winds. Now you know the setting.
As is expected Boat Show brings tons of transients. Most are very nice people and willing to work with the locals. However, there are always some exceptions. The local slip holders (including myself) have been able to keep this area clear. Today I walked down to the boat to do some work and I saw a 45' sloop anchored about 50' off of my dock. I asked him if he planned to be there for a few hours or if he planned to stay. He stated that he planned to stay for the show. I then proceeded to ask him if he would relocate since he was too close to the dock, the holding is poor, and there is a gale warning for tomorrow. He assured me that his vast experience and several circumnavigations guaranteed that he will not drag and that he has no issue docking a 27' boat with only 50' of room to back into a slip. I tried to convince him he needed to move. Anyway after a few minutes of this I gave up and contacted the harbormaster. The harbormaster had the transient relocate.
In the end I got what I wanted but I am wondering if I am being a jerk about the situation. This is not a one time occurrence. This happens several times during boat show.
I see these reasons from my side:
- I and my slip neighbors pay to keep our boats here and deserve to have access to our slips
- 5 boats have dragged this season who anchored in this area causing damage to boats on my dock and at other marinas
- There are several free and city run mooring balls all around Annapolis that could be used
- There is plenty of space up the Severn river which is 10 minutes away
- There is no way someone can put enough scope out to properly anchor and allow for the boat to swing
I see these reasons from their side:
- Back creek is very well located in relation to resupplying and for access to downtown
- Back creek is reasonably well sheltered
- It is very crowded this time of year so any open water will do
Let the judging begin.