Mooring information requested - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 07-27-2011 Thread Starter
Chastened
 
BubbleheadMd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Edgewater/Annapolis
Posts: 3,393
Thanks: 2
Thanked 82 Times in 77 Posts
Rep Power: 6
 
Send a message via Yahoo to BubbleheadMd
Mooring information requested

I found a great old post on mooring construction in the archives, but what I'm searching for is information on restrictions on mooring placement in the U.S.

Obviously, one cannot place a permanent mooring in a channel of any kind, but is mooring placement regulated by the Federal government, state, or local governements?

Basically, my scenario is this: My neighborhood dock may not have a slip big enough to accomodate my new boat this season. I live in a dead-end cove, near the head of a river. There is no "channel" in the cove. A marina, swimming distance away, has mooring balls placed in the cove.

Where am I allowed to place a mooring? If anyone can refer me to an official document or website, I'd be grateful. My Google-fu is weak, and did not return any useful hits.

S/V Old Shoes
1973 Pearson 30 #255
BubbleheadMd is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 07-27-2011
Senior Member
 
Tim R.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Portland, Maine
Posts: 1,547
Thanks: 1
Thanked 27 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
Check with the local township.

Not sure about Maryland but nn Maine, moorings are mostly regulated by locals unless in front of a private property.

Tim R.
Our Carina is for sale
1997 Caliber 40LRC

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

-----------------------------------------------------
Tim R. is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 5 Old 07-27-2011
Senior Member
 
T37Chef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,507
Thanks: 79
Thanked 56 Times in 40 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Boating

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 contact the DNR Boating Services Unit at 410 260-8013.

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.
T37Chef is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 5 Old 07-27-2011
Mermaid Hunter
 
SVAuspicious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: on the boat - Chesapeake
Posts: 3,984
Thanks: 0
Thanked 158 Times in 141 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
If I understand correctly in Maryland moorings are regulated by Maryland DNR. The last time I looked at the issue the rules were pretty liberal and it is easy to get a permit for a mooring, particularly if you are a landowner with waterfront or water-privileged property.

[edit: I defer to Shaun who did the research]

sail fast and eat well, dave
S/V Auspicious
AuspiciousWorks.com
beware "cut and paste" sailors.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
SVAuspicious is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 5 Old 07-27-2011 Thread Starter
Chastened
 
BubbleheadMd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Edgewater/Annapolis
Posts: 3,393
Thanks: 2
Thanked 82 Times in 77 Posts
Rep Power: 6
 
Send a message via Yahoo to BubbleheadMd
Perrrrrrrrfect. Thanks!

S/V Old Shoes
1973 Pearson 30 #255
BubbleheadMd is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

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
Mac 21 pics requested dohcdelsol93 MacGregor 1 08-18-2013 02:23 PM
Rigging help requested jimmyb514 Gear & Maintenance 1 03-09-2009 11:41 AM
Insider Information Mooring options - Marblehead Salem Beverly Harbors? hazmat17 General Discussion (sailing related) 1 09-30-2008 10:16 AM
Experience's requested dnseal Gear & Maintenance 3 11-30-2006 04:03 PM
VHF and GPS Recommendations requested: scubaman Gear & Maintenance 2 05-03-2006 08:18 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