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06-24-2013 02:12 PM
Coquina
Re: Moorings

No change.
06-24-2013 01:25 PM
Group9
Re: Moorings

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Originally Posted by PalmettoSailor View Post
I'd bet that's not the case in Maryland waters.
It was when I lived there (1996 through 2004). I had a mooring in Chase Creek. You just found a spot that didn't crowd anybody else, and dumped your mooring anchor, and put a mooring ball out, and hoped nobody was on it when you came back from a days sail (of course, you would have your dinghy on the mooring most of the time for that very reason).

Maybe the laws have changed in the last nine years. Because, believe you me, they are professional complainers in Maryland and if there had been a regulation to stop it, I know people would have been calling the authorities.
06-24-2013 01:19 PM
chef2sail
Re: Moorings

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Originally Posted by Coquina View Post
Moorings are not a big deal in Maryland with the noted exceptions. I had one in Clements Creek (Severn River) and have one now in the Corsica River. I have had 0 problems with either one. That said - a mooring is quite useless without a facility on SHORE to park a car and keep a dinghy. THAT is what is in short supply. I actually think a permit process might be useful. We have a few creeks with what look like abandoned moorings that take up valuable space, but since no one knows who owns the things or their condition, no one can really use them or remove them. And then you have the derelict boats on moorings slowly sinking year by year..........
Joe,

We have seen you a number of times on the Bay. Easy to pick out a brother 35 C&C. We get up the Chester a lot and the Corsica his our hideaway place in heavier winds.

Dave
06-24-2013 11:59 AM
Coquina
Re: Moorings

Moorings are not a big deal in Maryland with the noted exceptions. I had one in Clements Creek (Severn River) and have one now in the Corsica River. I have had 0 problems with either one. That said - a mooring is quite useless without a facility on SHORE to park a car and keep a dinghy. THAT is what is in short supply. I actually think a permit process might be useful. We have a few creeks with what look like abandoned moorings that take up valuable space, but since no one knows who owns the things or their condition, no one can really use them or remove them. And then you have the derelict boats on moorings slowly sinking year by year..........
06-19-2013 08:35 AM
PalmettoSailor
Re: Moorings

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Originally Posted by jsaronson View Post
The city of annapolis requires a permit. Almost anywhere else you are free to drop a mooring if it is not a danger to navigation.
I checked the MDDNR site and you are on point. Annapolis, Kent Country, Oxford and St Michaels have additional restrictions.

I think its likely the "general" restrictions that deter people from investing their money in a mooring.

"Single recreational moorings shall be placed in such a position that the area encompassed by the arc of the swing does not extend more than one-third the open water distance from the mean high water line on one shore to the mean high water line on the opposite shore. Also, the arc of the swing must not impede or obstruct access to the land of any riparian property owner, the access and proper use of any public access point, or otherwise hinder the orderly access to and use of waterways by the general public."

From what I've seen, the odds are pretty long that someone in MD (environmentalists, the rich guy on shore, the guy with the ski boat, the guy that crabs the creek you chose for your mooring, etc.) would take offense with your placement and you'd have to prove you met all those rather nebulous parameters. There is also the issue of how you get to your boat. You'll have to launch your dingy somewhere and that's going to be over private property and may prove impossible in many suitable moorage areas.

If the DNR published a map highlighting areas that met the requirements, you'd likely see a lot more people avail themselves of this possibility. I likely would as it could cut my ownership costs by more than 1/2 if the logistics were reasonable.
06-17-2013 10:51 PM
jsaronson
Re: Moorings

The city of annapolis requires a permit. Almost anywhere else you are free to drop a mooring if it is not a danger to navigation.
06-17-2013 08:41 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Moorings

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Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
Give it a whack and let us know how it turns out. Of course, you'll only discover what you aren't permitted to do after you've spent you time and money and some "environmentalist" lodges a complaint with the local constabulary eh?
Many "Environmentalists" live ashore in big houses heated 24-7 , drive big gas guzzling cars and fly to the far side of the planet anually, with environmental foot prints many times what any liveaboard boater has. Unlike liveaboards, their own lifestyles would take several more planets to sustain indefinitely.
06-17-2013 08:35 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Moorings

As bureuacrats, in their personal empire building efforts, force the cost of moorage up, the number boats on moorings in BC have increased exponentially, while marinas empty out. I can retire and cruise full time for far less than most people pay for moorage. So why would I park in any marina and pay someone ot give me a long list of rules and regulations on what I may or may not do on my own boat?
06-17-2013 12:24 PM
Dog Ship
Re: Moorings

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Originally Posted by PalmettoSailor View Post
I'd bet that's not the case in Maryland waters.

I don't have a clue about Maryland's regulations but it shouldn't be that hard to find out.
Our harbour, Tsehum Harbour becomes very full in the summer and has a good number of boats in it year round. There are many mooring bouys, mostly private but there are some Government ones too.
Of course, don't put it in a channel, who would.
It is always easier to ask for forgivness than it is permission.
06-17-2013 12:07 PM
AirborneSF
Re: Moorings

True, so true. I know up North, people use moorings all the time, as I said with the high cost of slips in and around the bay, I wonder why people didn't do it here? ?????? .02
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