Is it within a marina owners rights to cut dock
lines and set a trespassing vessels lines adrift? What about locking the offending vessel to the dock
with a chain and holding it for ransom? Or maybe call a towing company and let the vessel's owner pay up for salvage
A recent incident at our marina has me wondering about trespassing and how it relates to waterfront infrastructure.
The long and short of it is a guy from the marina across the way left his boat uninvited and unattended at our marina for a couple hours in such a manner as restricted navigation
and hindered access to some our marina tenants causing them to risk a potential grounding to get in to their slips.
The vessel in question was not in need of assistance and this is not an isolated incident. The neighboring marina is geographically challenged by being separated from town by a canal that is a long walk around.
As a result we see a lot of strangers doing touch and go, landing dinks, or even leaving boats unattended. They often prop the gate unlocked which creates a security
risk for everyone here and there have been thefts in the past. We've changed the gate from a code to a fob system and chase them away but they keep coming.
I generally regard these individuals, based on my interactions with them, as being completely selfish and self-serving with poor manners and an air of entitlement.
I will be the first person to admit to coming into a strange harbor late at night, tying up at the gas dock or grabbing an empty mooring
, and leaving at the crack of dawn. It might not be right but I think it's pretty harmless.
However, the last thing I would do is leave my boat unattended and uninvited at a stranger's dock and frankly I think people who do deserve to pay tow guy for salvage
An analogy I can think of is someone driving down the street but they can't find parking and at their convenience they decide to park in your driveway instead. You come home and can't park your car so what do you do? Call the cops, they write an ticket and the car gets towed. Anyone know the law on this subject?