Agreed, the majority of the worst looking boats are on the east side of the channel, but there are plenty of boats (35+) anchored on the west side of the channel. Most are between Dunphy Park and Pelican Marina - straight out from Bridgeway Marina at 225 Locust St. They are tightly packed and occasionally play bumper boats when the deeper draft
boats sit on the mud at low tide while others swing freely. Most are unlit at night, impede passage
in and out of the marina, and are a hazard (at night). Apparently it's an environmentally sensitive zone due to eel grass and associated herring spawning (or something like that - see article below).
Rumor has it that according to the RBHA, Cameron Razavi, the current
owner of Bridgeway Marina at 225 Locust St, actually owns the water " space " that extends from the shoreline of the marina eastward. The RBHA and local authorities claim they have been asking Cameron for a number of years to authorize or place trespassing notices on the anchored out boats in this vicinity so they then have the authority to vacate the area, but that Cameron is not willing to do so. So in effect, all of these boats have " permission " to be on the west side of the channel in this area even though they do not have a permit
Supposedly it's a political issue. Cameron and the city are at loggerheads over its refusal to approve his development plans, as well as overcrowding, crime and safety
issues in his marina. It's also rumored the marina does not have an operating permit
and BCDC has been trying to shut it done since almost 100% of the boats are liveaboards (violating BCDC's 10% rule).
So perhaps he's got some motivation not to cooperate. It's an old article, but it speaks to the issue and the subsequently failed development plans.
Marina purchase still an option | News | marinscope.com
I'm guessing that when they start enforcement, the unoccupied boats will be junked, while those capable of moving will go east. This will force the other jurisdictions (Tiburon, Belvedere, Marin county etc) to follow suit and eventually they'll all go - who knows where. The ball is rolling.
Once popular sentiment is against something, it's only a matter of time. In this case, both the general boating
community and the general public want this. Sure there are exceptions, but the fact that things are changing speaks for itself. Shame the bad apples had to ruin it for the good.