Join Date: Oct 2010
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I see rude people. They're everywhere and they don't even know they're rude.
No doubt there are rude people everywhere. I'm all too familiar with Potters Cove. I never understood the attraction of anchoring there. Last time I got eaten by the black biting flies before the anchor was even set. The Apponaug Yacht Club has several owned buoys there.
There is almost unlimited space outside the cove proper. If you want a beach you can dinghy to, head to the other side of Prudence Island and anchor off Jenny Pond. More space there than will ever be used.
The question was about the etiquette when anchoring/mooring. According to PROPER etiquette, anchorages are not "held spots" while a mooring as indicated by a proper marking such as a buoy is.
I'll give another example of buoy use that is commonly respected. Lobster pots and other fishing gear is marked with ownership by a buoy. Others fishing the same area know they can not lay down gear in the same area.
When you get down to it, arguing over a "prime" anchoring spot is really very childish and downright silly. Thank God most of us are above that. Places to anchor are everywhere. Even in a place like Newport Harbor or Potters Cove you always have options. There's really no need to cause conflict over such a thing.
From a technical perspective, ALL buoys are private. The fact that you pay for one from a provider means you're paying for the equipment they laid down and maintain. You are NOT renting the space where they placed it. This is not to be confused with docks extending from a fixed point on land where someone actually owns the mineral rights to the property.
To answer the question of portable docks, there are several inflatable platforms and docks available. Check with West Marine for one such platform. My wife has a hard time getting into a dinghy from the boat. We're not youngsters anymore. By placing a platform alongside the boat we can place the steps we use at dock on the platform, and then enter the dinghy from the platform. It's also a LOT safer to do it that way. I hate using a swim ladder to get into the dinghy.
I'm a firm believer in "Monkey see, Monkey do." If you come into a harbor and see everyone mooring, then you should too. If you come to an area where no one is, then you should be considerate when mooring and keep your swing outside their swing radius. Under any circumstance, a mooring should be marked with a buoy to let others know you have a short swing.
Keep the water under you, and the sails above. Everything works out for the best when you do.