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There's a big difference between my front porch and a dock over a public waterway.
I haven't ever used anyone's dock and nor would I unless I absolutely had to. This is why I was asking. The Captian that told me this has been a Captian in the Murrells Inlet and Georgetown, SC area for many years and is well respected. I'm not saying he's right. But he did tell me this. He said not many people know this but its true.
You obviously haven't had your own dock...not much of a difference...LOL
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Yes I have had my own dock on a navigable river. Great Chazy off of Lake Champlain. There is a difference between it and
My front Porch. Have you had your own dock?
And If someone pulled up to it and used it I wouldn't mind as long as they respected it. I sure is hell wouldn't run out like a typical gun toting idiot and try to defend it. My porch is on my property not over a public waterway that everyone has access to. I'm not condoning using people docks. I am just asking if anyone has knowledge of this law bieng true. I would hope someone wouldn't be as ignorant to run out to there dock with a firearm because someone is hooked up to it with a boat. I could see if they left the dock and were messing around on land. Then call the cops.

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" I am just asking if anyone has knowledge of this law bieng true".

The answer is ... no its not true. I guess that ends this thread
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I'm not condoning using people docks. I am just asking if anyone has knowledge of this law bieng true.
I find it inconceivable that any such "law" exists, much less that the states of VA, NC, SC, GA, and FL all have it on their books...

Is your source familiar with the issue of anchoring rights in places like Florida? Where waterfront homeowners have for years, in effect, been attempting to lay claim to a view of the water uncluttered by those "unsightly" cruising/liveaboard boats? And yet he thinks there is legislation that permits anyone to tie up to their docks???
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Yes I have had my own dock on a navigable river. Great Chazy off of Lake Champlain. There is a difference between it and
My front Porch. Have you had your own dock?
And If someone pulled up to it and used it I wouldn't mind as long as they respected it. I sure is hell wouldn't run out like a typical gun toting idiot and try to defend it. My porch is on my property not over a public waterway that everyone has access to. I'm not condoning using people docks. I am just asking if anyone has knowledge of this law bieng true. I would hope someone wouldn't be as ignorant to run out to there dock with a firearm because someone is hooked up to it with a boat. I could see if they left the dock and were messing around on land. Then call the cops.
Then I am surprised that you saw a difference between your porch and your dock. I am on saltwater, have my own dock. and let me tell you that in my mind there is NO difference but maybe it is a Northeast thing. I don't see the need to tote a gun however. A walk down to see what they want would suffice.
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If you are in the Ft. Lauderdale area be very careful about not only tieing up but anchoring also. I don't think they like sailboaters very much. I speak from experience.
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If you are in the Ft. Lauderdale area be very careful about not only tieing up but anchoring also. I don't think they like sailboaters very much. I speak from experience.
Well, there are very few spots suitable for anchoring in Lauderdale, anyway, but things there are considerably more relaxed now, at least for the time being...

Lake Sylvia is the obvious choice, and I've experienced no problems whatsoever there for the past several years... There were boats in there last winter that had been there for a month, or more... Convenient shore access is the major limitation, of course, but all things considered, I think it's still a great spot...
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If you are in the Ft. Lauderdale area be very careful about not only tieing up but anchoring also. I don't think they like sailboaters very much. I speak from experience.
Yes the water policeman that ranted and raved at me didnt do much for my opinion..... Actually it did... It totally changed my opinion. 6 months in the States and every official nice, courteous, efficient, knowledgable etc etc etc.... And one wanker obviously on the take from the big house owners on shore. A total discredit to the police profession, and Florida.
It they walked into the Hilton Hotel and started abusing foreign tourists like that the cops ass would be grass.


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To be sure this debate doesn't get off track, the references to the homeowner showing up with a gun are hyperbole (exaggerated statements or claims to make a point, but not meant to be taken literally).


The point remains, most homeowners would be upset to find a squatter on their personal dock and no one is aware of a law that permits it. If you had an emergency, tied up and walked up the yard to explain and ask permission, I'm sure most would be fine with it for the night.


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Hey Mark I couldn't resist after our wonderful night to remember in the city. Rosemary said she has no interest in returning and neither do I. What a shame one person can make people form such an opinon of a Beautiful City.
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