"A mooring field is not an anchorage."
You would think. But I've been moored in what the charts
call an "anchorage". In a "general anchorage" you may be required to have an anchor light and radio
watch, in a "special anchorage" everything is "special". That is, subject to local regulation which may include a mooring field. Where *typically* the boats are dead and black at night, subject only to the local rules.
A mooring is, after all, simply a ball getting in between a boat and an anchor--which often has been permanently set by a local authority, or by their terms and permissions.
In the NE US, everybody claims they own the bottom. Sometimes, in fact they do
. I have no idea where the split in anchorages comes from, just that anytime the chart says "special anchorage" it means there's often someone local to be answered to. Whether that's legal
or just "creep"....damfino.
Rights of passage
, of navigation
? In "navigable waters" there are federal regulations for that. Anchorage law? Predates our national government
, and the old Crown Patents and other complications still often apply.
Remember that Fort Myers
is in Florida
, and Florida
is one of the few US states that has laws sometimes based on SPANISH not ENGLISH
law/tradition. Can't assume anything there will be the same as it is in the original Colonies. Same goes for Louisiana (follows Napoleonic Code), California
(where even the federal courts usually rule
opposite the rest of the US) and a few other places.
If you asked the average American whether there were states or provinces (huh?) or was Canada
just one country....I suspect they'd tell you it was just one country, no states up there. Well, those of us who could tell you that Canada
was mainly north of the US, anyway. (Mainly north of most of the US, anyway.)