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Old 01-07-2017, 20:41   #1
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Anchorage outside of marina

Hi all. So, the other day, I inadvertently found an anchorage just out past 2 different marinas. Apparently neither marina nor the coast guard knew about the anchorage. One of them called the coast guard on me while I was fishing. It so happens that the marina that called is the same one I am trying to join. Mostly because I don't want a hassle come haul out time and winter storage. I could anchor out there all summer and then look for winter storage when the time comes. I welcome any thoughts on the subject.

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OK, what did the CG state or imply you were doing wrong? There are many possibilities. Was it the CG or a state/local authority?
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The CG said we were fine. They checked their charts and had to call DNR to confirm the anchorage. Now that it's been confirmed, the marina is more angry. I suspect that is partly due to them thinking I will tell the entire boating community.
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Which country, state or province ?
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Re: Anchorage outside of marina

So... I don't really understand the problem. You anchored, presumably in a safe location outside of any normal transiting routes. You were not obstructing traffic, and not putting anyone in danger... So, what's the issue?

I don't really get the need to check with authorities (what's DNR?) to confirm an anchorage, but sounds like you found a nice spot. Why the marina cares is beyond me -- unless they think it's not a safe place to anchore?
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Department of Natural Resources.
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Department of Natural Resources.

Ah, thanks. To the OP: So this DNR must officially designate or confirm anchorages in Ohio? Wierd...
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Ah, thanks. To the OP: So this DNR must officially designate or confirm anchorages in Ohio? Wierd...
No, that's not what they do. They are a bit of a cross between our parks department and ministry of environment. They have zero input on navigation. They will come after you for pollution from a boat.
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Why the marina cares is beyond me...?
Two reasons, other than safety, I can think of are lost revenue (gee, if you anchor out there you won't use our slips.) and/or aesthetics (all those boats out there ruin the view for our customers.)

This doesn't mean they're good reasons, just possible reasons.
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I'm not familiar with DNR up that way but my experience with DNR in the SE-US is on par with any of the other alphabet boys (DHS, ICE, CG, SO). Law enforcers and revenuers.
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In Lakefront Promenade park in Mississauga there is Port Credit Yacht Club and Lakefront Promenade Marina (city owned) in a large basin with room for anchoring.

The manager of the city marina routinely had the cops (who docked at that marina) tell people they could not anchor in that basin. I got so annoyed by this governmental bullying that every time I saw the cop boat approach an anchored boat I'd go over in my dinghy and tell the cops they had no jurisdiction as this is a federal harbour operating under the Canada Shipping Act. They ungraciously backed off every time.
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I think it's mostly because I wasn't using a slip.

As far as I know, most boaters prefer you not to fish from the slips. Nobody wants fishing line to get caught up in their props.
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Whatever the marina says, it is about MONEY
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