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BC does not regulate private moorings, Transport Canada does (http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/land_tenure...te_moorage.pdf point 1 on page 4)

Here is what Transport Canada has to say:
7.1 The placement of a single point mooring buoy by a proponent will not require the submission of an application for approval under the provisions of the NWPA (Navigable Waterways Protection Act) subject to meeting the criteria specified in Annex “A"

Annex A
The placement of a single mooring buoy meeting the following criteria will not require further review by the Navigable Waters Protection Program and the project may proceed.

The mooring buoy must be:

Secured by a single anchor line,
Marked as per An Owners’ Guide to Private Buoys 8.4

The mooring buoy including swing area must be:
Placed no less than 20 meters from any existing docks, boathouses, swim platforms, other mooring buoy or other structure located within limits of waterway,

Placed at least 50 meters from any public launch ramp, marina, known navigation channel

AND:
Where free swinging moorings are utilized, they shall require a circular area having a radius equal to three (3) times the length of the vessel
Moored vessels must comply with the Collision Regulations.

Mooring Buoys - Transport Canada

In other words private moorings are legal in BC and you have no right to make use of them.
The thing to keep in mind is that they have to be marked. As far as I'm concerned if they are not marked and there is no boat on them, its open season, use at your risk.

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The thing to keep in mind is that they have to be marked. As far as I'm concerned if they are not marked and there is no boat on them, its open season, use at your risk.

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You can rationalize your tresspass anyway you want but legally you will be the one with a problem. Maybe you and Brent can get together and make up some more laws that will suit your purposes.
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It is the rare mariner who makes it Downeast that needs a "dope slap". We do know how but generally find that kind of stupidity gets filtered by the journey. I suspect it is a mistake not repeated and a lack of appreciation for the things that make being on the water worth the effort. "The Principle of Natural Selection" works on many levels.

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If you pick some random unmarked mooring, you risk:
1 - It is 30 years old and hanging by a thread
2 - It was designed to hold a 12 foot dinghy
3 - The owner may have a more direct way of dealing with trespassers than you might like
4 - If you LEAVE the boat to go ashore for any reason and the owner comes back, your boat might be hard to find

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You can rationalize your tresspass anyway you want but legally you will be the one with a problem. Maybe you and Brent can get together and make up some more laws that will suit your purposes.
If its not marked how do they prove its their's?

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Re: Mooring bouys

I've seen 2 mooring floats drift off on their own in my mooring field during the past 2 years. They were obviously not being maintained and hadn't had a boat on them for at least 2 years.

One time, I had spent several hours locating a mooring that had lost its winter float (vandalism) and marked it with a lobster buoy anchored in the mud with a 4# sash weight. Before I got back with a new pennant and the summer buoy, someone in a Boston Whaler had picked up my "mooring"-- and was drifting off as I yelled to him.

So, as others have said, you may regret picking up a private mooring. Furthermore, you may damage tackle that was in process of being replaced, making it all the more difficult for the owner.
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A basic rule followed by honest, respectful people is, "If it is not yours, leave it alone." If you can't deploy an anchor stay of the water. Because a mooring isn't "marked" makes it available is the kind of scary rationalization making lots of our freedoms feel at risk. If it is there it belongs to someone!

I leave my oars in my Avon. I leave the keys in my car (not the ignition). I don't lock the doors on my houses unless I am leaving for weeks and then leave a key under the mat. Am I inviting trouble? Not so far. Will someone steal my stuff? I hope not. There isn't much worth the effort. I have earned the respect I need from people who know me. I guess I live in a fairly safe part of the country. If you pick up my mooring we will talk.

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They dont have to....we know its not yours
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Chances are everyone in that community has seen their boat on it for years and both they and you know YOU didn't put it down

BTW - This spring I saw two boats that had taken over "abandoned" moorings in Weems Creek the previous fall on the beach with the mooring buoy and a rusted through chain still attached
If it really is no longer used and free for the taking, there just might be a reason!



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If its not marked how do they prove its their's?

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Why would they need to?
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