Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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I have never encountered, or heard of, a fee charged for dropping your own anchor. I believe Tashmoo is seawater, and ocean cannot be owned by anyone, nor can the ocean's bottom . . . unless it falls above the mean high water mark. But who would ever drop an anchor above MHW at high tide?
However, if this is motivated by an environmental issue, such as boaters emtying their heads directly overboard, raising the fecal bacteria count in Lake Tashmoo, then maybe the Town will elect to do as Edgartown has recently done. Edgartown's Katama Bay is now off limits to anchorages for that reason.
By charging a fee, perhaps the logic is - more control by informing each boat owner of the no discharge rules.
As with Edgartown, and if Vineyard Haven bans anchoring in the "Lake", this leaves cruisers no other option but to anchor in the exposed outer harbor, or reserve one of the scarce Town moorings. The Vineyard Haven Harbormaster's proposal should be denied by the Selectmen, if they have any sense at all.
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