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Mooring bouys

I cruise BC waters. In southern waters mooring bouys are ever increasing. This is a "what if"... you enter an anchorage and your only option is a lone mooring bouy available and you take it. What happens if the owner of the bouy arrives 03:00 knocks on your hull and asks you to leave?

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Re: Mooring bouys

You leave and find another option.
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Re: Mooring bouys

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I cruise BC waters. In southern waters mooring bouys are ever increasing. This is a "what if"... you enter an anchorage and your only option is a lone mooring bouy available and you take it. What happens if the owner of the bouy arrives 03:00 knocks on your hull and asks you to leave?

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Mooring buoys that are clearly NOT park buoys are off limits, as far as we're concerned. It's not only the 'private' issue - for all you know the buoy was intended only to hold a small runabout. Having no idea of what's on the bottom nor what shape the tackle is in is a risky proposition for anything other than a lunch stop.

If the owner shows, I don't see how you have any recourse but to quickly remove yourself from his/her property.
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Re: Mooring bouys

I suppose the question may also arise to the effect that there may be room to drop your hook but your swing would take you overtop or very close of/to their bouy. If several bouys were vacant a boat seeking anchorage would then needs be obligated not to drop the hook in effect concede the boatless anchorage and leave? In a bad blow I made for shelter and did face this situation. I dropped my hook... bouy owners did not arrive so I do not know how that would have turned out. ... (respectfully... thanks for input)
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Re: Mooring bouys

Yeah, it can be tough to 'find a spot', esp in summer and at a popular spot. Plumper Cove on Keats Isl is a classic.

But the etiquette is really the same if you're picking a spot amongst other boats, or between/among mooring buoys, it's just tougher with buoys because of the usually radically different swinging circle. So yes, it's possible to infringe on a private (or a park) buoy without even tying up to it...
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Re: Mooring bouys

I have returned to my mooring in Seal Harbor to find another boat there hoping we were away cruising. Never had to ask them to vacate. Somehow they knew I was headed to that spot before getting close enough exchange "instructions". A finger pointed at the ball, then at me, followed by a wave of understanding and immediate action. The condition of the gear can be a "crap shoot" unless you know the numbering code and enforced inspection protocol of the village's harbor master.

I have wondered about finding the "visiting" boat's owner tied up and gone. I "understand" you don't touch someone's boat regardless of the infringement. That is how I learned it to be here along the coast. You find an alternative and then find the owner. I suppose a call to the harbor master is an option. One of my "visitors" was already boarding their dink for a trip to shore when we arrived home.

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Re: Mooring bouys

I'm with Faster, its just not right to take/use someone's property. However, most people I know would do it. Personally, I would sooner drop the hook in a cove occupied by nothing but a dozen empty private moorings, than squat on one. That's just me.

There are some exceptions. There is a private mooring field no the Isle of Shoals, where it is published that you may use one if empty, but with the understanding that a member may ask you to leave. That's fine.

I would also rather sleep over my 1/2" chain and anchor than wondering what some random gear might be below.
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Re: Mooring bouys

The way i do it is take the mooring that lookes best at the mooring field and if its empty. But If some one wants there mooring back i go fast as i can to leave the mooring and just find another one.
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Re: Mooring bouys

Around here tying to someones mooring is like pulling up to their dock...you don't do it, it is private property. I actually have two friend cans behind my house and I still will put out my own this year. If I ever see a strange boat on them the first thing that I will do is call to let them know.
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Re: Mooring bouys

This has nothing to do with whether I think its right that people can have personal moorings in a harbor to the exclusion of others. Thats a battle for the municpality

To me its a matter of philospohy. Its not mine. I didnt put it there. I didnt pay for it. I am not going to pay for it. What right do I have to use someone elses property without asking. To me to do so shows a lack of respect of others property.

This of course assumes no emergency.

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