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Re: Should long term anchoring in ports be regulated?
This one is a complex issue here in Vancouver.. jurisdiction is not completely clear with federal, provincial and municipal bodies competing. The obvious problems such as sewage dumping, derelict vessels, hazards to navigation, sunken or sinking hulks certainly support some kind of regulation, as well as trying to provide space and welcome for visiting vessels (an area where Vancouver has failed mightily, btw, for a waterfront city - look to Victoria, Nanaimo, Sidney, Comox, Powell River etc for good examples of transient vessel policies and facilities)
Another problem has been that as these 'undesirables' are pushed out of False Creek, they move to other areas. Some in English Bay, less sheltered with the inevitable result of several groundings a year as ground tackle fails in a sudden storm. Others move to other sheltered situations in Squamish, Gibsons, Nanaimo, Pender Harbour just to name a few.
Regulation doesn't seem to be eliminating the problem, merely shifting it around to other unlucky areas who then must try to figure out how to deal with them.
For those who are maintaining their vessels on the hook and truly living aboard and not abandoning or neglecting them come under fire from those sanctioned liveaboards paying moorage, city fees and taxes, sewer charges etc.
But all of this is probably inevitable today given the increasingly high cost and lack of availability of decent moorage for boats much over 25 feet LOA in this area.
I do support laws or regs that limit such 'squatting' and keep the playing field even for all boaters in the area generally, and for those who choose to liveaboard. Sea Hunter is correct in saying there are plenty of remote areas where one might live that lifestyle if they choose.
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