Originally Posted by CarlF
Getting tangled in an a anchor/mooring line is probably a good way to lose your job and make the boat owner really upset. Perhaps they'll agree to not do routine patrols through the middle of the anchorage after dark. I can't believe it does much good.
I hope everyone at the meeting takes a deep breath.
Anyone who has moored in the City Marina should have no problem avoiding the mooring
line as they are strictly regulated in length. The balls are in straight lines and as long as you keep your course there is no problem.
My real question is why there are patrols after dark. Not to mention well after dark as the reports are search lights being shined in portholes at 10:30 PM. While in the past there have been some property crime a search light would seem to alert criminals.
One issue that has been discussed in the past is that the City Marina is not designated as an anchorage so an anchor
light is required. It is not clear why a mooring field would not be a designated anchorage. A few years ago there was some effort to get boats to use an anchor lights.
Problem with this is conventional wisdom is that most anchor lights on sailboats are at the top of the mast
which is often 50ft above the water
line and can easily be missed by a small boat that is within 100 yards. Many experienced cruisers also have what are sometimes called anti-dinky lights. In many cases they are those cheap solar
yard lights on life line stanchions that are basically at eye level and easily seen by small boats.
The sad thing is that while Boot Key Harbor is the best natural in the Keys and has a great community spirit among the folks who keep their boats there a lot of government actions have resulted in a negative image in the minds of many boaters. These recent actions by FWC have only reenforced this negative image.