That's a pretty serious cruising boat. Not the type typically owned by someone who doesn't know how to anchor. Or have proper ground tackle. And the dinghy
is on it's davits
, which would indicate someone may be aboard. Or perhaps the owners were called away out of town for some reason and got a ride to shore and left in a hurry. Or were taken off by Fire Rescue
and are in a hospital somewhere. One might imagine all sorts of scenarios. Temporary storage
after recent purchase
? Stolen boat? Sick or injured (or dead) crew? Stuff happens.
With my nosy do-gooder inclination to meddle, I would likely have investigated. Laws vary, especially where maritime law butts up against local and state statutes. And liability is a consideration if you break something. But good samaritan intentions often cut you some slack.
I have boarded, towed and re anchored a few boats. But they were dragging around and endangering my own and other people's boats. So I claim self defense. And I enlisted the aid of someone else in the anchorage to split the blame and back up my story. Nothing ever happened. Never saw the owners. And both boats disappeared shortly after. But then, I am not unduly overburdened with extreme rule
follower syndrome. Your comfort level may vary.
Mostly, I just do what I would want someone else to do for me.
I would likely have gone over and yelled and banged on the hull
. With no response, I may have gone around to see if anyone else in the area knew anything. Common sense applies here. If the locals look like dirt bags and ne're do wells, I might use a bit of discretion here. Then I would go aboard and investigate. All locked up and in no eminent danger
? I might be inclined to leave her be and call the authorities. Maybe start investigating salvage
If I thought I could operate her anchoring
system and equipment
from the foredeck, and get her into a better location without making things worse, I might do that.
Boat open and unlocked? I'd have a look around for owner contact info. I leave mine prominently displayed. You might get authorization to call for help. Maybe they have towing coverage. Maybe they have no idea their boat is 100 miles from where they last saw her in the marina. Maybe they're in town at the movies with another cruiser. Who knows? You don't know what to do until you know what the situation is.
I know this. If that were my boat, and she was in danger
; I'd sure appreciate a favor.
And who knows? Highly unlikely, and it's a long and complicated process but you just might wind
up with a damn nice cruising machine! Or at least, compensation for your efforts.