If I had a question of whether a bill was a salvage or a tow bill, I would call my insurance
company. They are the other party that has a vested interest in the outcome. Even if you don't have towing insurance
, I think the insurance company would want to be clear there is not a salvage claim and the exposure is limited. Personally I would be grateful to pay $600 bucks as an anchoring
lesson, and happy my boat was safe and didn't cause any injuries or damage to other property. I would want to verify there was no option for future claims to be made.
I would guess the Good Samaritan didn't specifically call the towing company, If I was the person who tied up your boat I would have called the harbor master. In fact if a boat starts dragging in BI my experience is several people would call the harbor master well before it was secure to another boat. I would guess the towing company monitors this traffic and responds.
It is interesting to hear comments like everyone knows the holding is poor in BI. We anchor there several times a summer never near 4th of July. Our experience has always been the holding was amazing. However we typically anchor in the deeper parts
of the pond. We have been in a squall that immediately switched the wind
180 degrees at 30 knots and didn't budge an inch on the anchor. We did see several boats drag and go sailing though the pond, but those where clearly not a holding ground issue as they were anchored next to us in the deep mud.
This past weekend was the first we anchored in the north east section that is shallower. It did take a while to get the anchor to set properly, something that is usually immediate. While boats look close we had the proper amount of scope
out, and swung comfortably with our neighbors throughout the night.
I do appreciate the conversation on anchoring in BI, it has been helpful for me to listen to others experience and apply it to my own. It has added an extra degree of caution to anchoring on the east side and biased my preferred spot to other parts
of the pond.