Dave... here's what I was talking about. The absolute and unlimited right to anchor under federal law was clouded by this:
"Under the (FEDERAL) Submerged Lands Act (SLA), ownership of submerged lands and control of the overlying waters was transferred to the states, subject to a reservation of significant power by
the federal government.
The SLA recognized, confirmed, and established each state's claim of title and ownership as well as management and administrative responsibility over submerged lands beneath navigable waters. The Supreme Court has characterized the SLA as a transfer to the
states of rights to “submerged lands and waters”. Congress’ goal in passing the SLA was to decentralize management of coastal areas and foster greater local control to better meet the needs of the state and boaters. Congress stated that because management of submerged lands is directly
tied to local activities, “any conflict of interest arising from the use of the submerged lands should be and can best be solved by local authorities
.” The SLA, however, expressly reserved in the federal government the power to regulate these lands for the purposes of “commerce, navigation,national defense, and international affairs.” Several other statutes implement that authority."
The entire anchoring law LEGAL issue is extensively discussed here:
...and the above quote is just a snippet which does not do the issue justice.
As I read it...we have no fundamental right to anchor wherever we want in navigable waters for an extended length of time
...states may may control that right REASONABLY and the Feds retain the right to trump the state if it is unreasonable. (For example...if it undermines maritime safety.)
So...while our GOAL remains the same...it appears we will need to secure favorable treatment for boaters on a state by state basis rather than hope for some magic bullet that makes all state anchoring regulation invalid.