Well... The topic morphed as they often do, but just to make my previous point clear, about the anchorage in Oriental NC, I just took a few photos below, 4 hours ago.
As you can see, there are 4 boats in the anchorage, with the only boat on a single
hook, (as 99% of real "cruisers" usually are), forced to the outside, mostly beyond the protection of the breakwater. There is no room for ANY other boats. As it is, with the commercial
shrimp boat's channel being next to the breakwater, and the marina's channel being on the opposite side of these boats from that, there is "no room at the inn".
Because the other 3 boats are on multi anchor
, semi permanent moorings, NO ONE else can "safely" anchor in the protected end of the anchorage, for fear of snagging another's hook. Also, transient "Snow Birds" heading down the ICW
, (or cruisers in general), always use one hook like the guy on the outside here, and this ONLY works if everyone else uses one hook, so they all swing together.
These 3 inner anchorage "Anarchist", (unfortunately known as dirt bags by many), have dominated an anchorage that is provided, along with the dinghy dock
, for "cruisers". These folks are also, without a doubt, pumping their sewage overboard
, as there IS NO pump out boat. The NC hog farm debacle is beside the point!
I was a lineaboard/cruiser for a period of time in the Florida Keys
40 years ago, 30 years ago, and 20 years ago. It has now become SO boater unfriendly that I don't even like to pass through anymore. This sort of liveaboard
anchoring "anarchy", often perpetuated with unsafe dirtbag boats that are an eyesore and break free in storms, (at the State's expense), is exactly why things have moved in the direction that they have in the Keys. Now, South Florida
is Persona Non Grata to almost ALL anchoring, or the region is full of ridiculously expensive mooring
fields, that destroy the underwings of plywood
trimarans like mine, with their "hard" mooring
balls that get trapped underneith.
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING A LEGITIMATE, RESPONSIBLE, LIVEABOARD
, I lived aboard for 15 years altogether, and even when very very poor, on a 23' home made boat, I was NOT one of these inconsiderate anarchists! I paid for the services I used on shore, just like the land folks did.
Although I had no land base at all for 12 years in a stretch, and my land possessions were in storage
units, I had NO problems as a liveaboard/cruiser regarding taxes
, citizenship, voting, driver's licence, etc. I just used my mail forwarding service
address, (St Brendain's Isle), as my legal address. That was the same address on ALL of my paperwork, and with all of my travels here and abroad, there was never any question. This is 100% legal, EVERYWHERE.
When I lived long term on the hook most recently, I chose a place like outside of the Municipal Marina's basin in Titusville Fl, just above the weird S FL zone... For a reasonable fee, one gets a dinghy dock
, automobile parking spot (or 2), showers, garbage disposal, pay phones, a small store, fuel
availability, mail drop, and pumpouts (with a pumpout boat that comes to you). By paying for these services AT A REASONABLE RATE, and having boats that no matter how small or humble are at least REAL boats, one doesn't incur the ire of the landside folks. Now Titusville has a mooring field as well, but you can anchor outside of it, and just pay for the services that you use... THIS was an "appropriate" place and situation for responsible long term liveaboard use while on the hook. It was friendly and really cheap
living as well!
Hopefully, Oriental will not have to mimic South Florida
... makeing more and more rules, costing real cruisers more and more money, just to fix a problem that has been created by the anarchist few, that have taken over the SMALL little transient anchorage there.
The landside folks in Oriental are almost all boaters or ex cruisers. THEY LOVE BOATS! The town even has a FREE for overnight (or 2), public dock for cruisers, that can accomodate a couple of boats at a time. If someone overstayed their welcome there, it makes the dock unavailable to other cruisers, so they would be asked to leave. The same is true of the anchorage. Those overstaying their welcome, are doing so at the expense of real cruisers, that might want to stay a night or 2 also.
Why should the problem require legislation to be solved
, when applying "the golden rule", and doing the right thing, is so much easier and appropriate to the situation. Legal "corrections" inevitably tend to be "over corrections", so why force the issue and create laws that none of us want.
To Oriental anchorage residents that have been there over 2 weeks: You have LONG overstayed your welcome, as the anchorage here is just too small for longer stays. Please move on...
Btw... Flying a flag that the majority of Americans find reprehensible, is a good way to be looked on as an "undesirable".