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Re: My boat was boarded (and messed with) at anchor!
You know that old quote about all that is necessary for evil to win, is for people to ignore it? (Yeah, I know, I'm mangling that.)
Well, you are now responsible for every starving crab and bottom-feeder in that anchorage, as well as any other harm that [sexist expletive deleted] does to anyone else, for life.
Onceuponatime...we were anchored, by permission of and with PAYMENT to the bottom owners, inside the bulkhead line in private waters off lower Manhattan, for the July 4th fireworks show. Anything inside the bulkhead line is PRIVATE bottomland, mariners can transit but not anchor without permission.
So needless to say, shortly before sunset some yahoos in a beer boat drop anchor literally right in top of ours. (And it isn't an easy anchorage, the bottom is a steep slope with plenty of foul bottom further in.) We told 'em nicely, this is a sailboat, it swings, this is a private anchorage, you're not allowed to be here, and you're creating a danger to both our boats by fouling our anchor. We're going to swing with the current, stand clear.
A waste of polite words on beer boaters.
So maybe 1/2 hour later, four Coasties in an outboard come by, checking out obvious problems, and guess where we sent them? Yup. Beerboat gone, all bye-bye.
The fireworks were wonderful btw.
I have absolutely no problem with asking nicely, ONCE, and then finding the biggest stick I can. Being kind to *oles only makes more of them, it really needs to be discouraged.
Of course, mounting Claymores below the rub rail tends to upset the uniforms these days...damfino why.