laws are a direct result of idiots who think it is cool to buy a derelict boat and live on it until it falls apart or slips its anchor
, then the idiot slips back into whatever hole they climbed out of.
In San Francisco
Bay, where there are very few protected anchorages
, derelict boats were all over, until the local governments started regulating things. At Treasure Island, three boats sunk at anchor and the owners disappeared... Several others slipped their anchors during storms. The local authority came up with a free permit
system, which everyone bitched about until they saw it working... No more derelicts.
I don't like government regulation anymore than anyone else... But in some situations it is the right thing to do.