It does bring a bad image to mind, does it not?
Of all the things that could go wrong.
I was on a U.S. Forest Service
mooring buoy in Alaska
when about 4 in the morning I heard the keel
scrape gravel. Got up, figured out the tide was getting too low--which was news to me--and anchored out.
Some poor fool in a small sailboat was up at that awful hour and took the buoy. I didn't notice until after anchoring
. I tried to shout that trouble was coming but nobody was on deck
and nobody answered.
Next morning I saw that boat nearly on its side. The guys had just bought it and couldn't get their small Danford to stick all night. When they inexplicably saw me leave the mooring buoy, they grapped it and were asleep before I had finished anchoring
I gave them an extra anchor
I had and didn't like, which they used after the tide came in. Sort of a welcome to boating
Some where in all that there's a lesson or two about mooring buoys.