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Old 06-11-2012, 12:50   #1
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anchoring fees

I was reading some other stuff the other day and came across something about anchoring fees in the Bahamas. Then I remembered that I have read similar comments about anchoring fees in Turkey.

So just how common are anchoring fees? You know fees to just drop your anchor in a nice cove etc.?

And who collects this and how do you know they are real and even have authority to charge you this (because I've read of a couple of guys wearing tee-shirts showing up at boats demanding an anchoring fee)?

In some of the locations that I found anchoring fee comments I couldn't find any marina etc at the same spot that had any related info on their webpage.

How come CF doesn't have a big debate about this like is does about Florida?
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Re: anchoring fees

I have never heard of such absurd fee in the Bahamas. They do have a large visa fee, but no such thing as an anchorage free unless it is Chub Cay in which I would avoid anyway.
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Re: anchoring fees

You have to pay to anchor in lots of places in Europe - not the quiet deserted coves but in harbours where there are also mooring balls and a harbour authority.

I also seem to remember having to pay ion the BVIs a few years ago.
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Re: anchoring fees

one pays to anchor in cabo san lucas, baja sur, also.
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Re: anchoring fees

sadly with 25 years of global cruising i have noticed a marked increase in places,where you can no longer anchor,or have to pay to anchor,or are forced to take a mooring bouy.

this is the downside of the growth of the cruising fleet world wide,and a good revenue stream for local authouraties.
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Re: anchoring fees

No anchoring fees in the Bahamas that I know of. You do need to pay $150 or $300 for a cruising permit which includes fishing license.
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Re: anchoring fees

I know about the cruising permit fee. But I read in some reviews of some Bahama anchorages in Active Capitan that mentioned an anchoring fee.

But really this question is more general than just for the Bahamas.
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one pays to anchor in cabo san lucas, baja sur, also.

How much is it and does it include something else like internet, pumpout, dinghy docks, showers, water etc?

Maybe I have not properly budgeted for anchoring!
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Re: anchoring fees

No anchoring fees in the Bahamas but in Musha Cay (owned by David Copperfield) they claim they control the anchorage and discourage cruisers from anchoring. This little dispute has been going on for ten years there.
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Re: anchoring fees

Last summer, I paid for anchoring in the River Fal (SW Britain). It was the first and only time ever that I paid for that. But at 5/night and having our garbage taken away by the harbormaster, it wasn't a bad bargain. And we felt we helped to finance the salary of an old gentleman.

Since he wasn't in sight when we weighed anchor, we called him on the VHF. He was very surprised to see French yachtsmen willing to pay.

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Re: anchoring fees

There is something wrong with fees when no service is provided. I will go somewhere else until there is nowhere else to go.
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Re: anchoring fees

There are a few places in UK where fees are reportedly charged for anchoring, mainly in the SW in Devon and Cornwall but cannot ever remember having been charged.
Have never been charged in North or West France although there may be places.
There are some places in Croatia that charge for anchoring generally where there are also mooring buoys provided which means that someone has the concession for a particular bay. Part of the concession is that they have to take rubbish. Charges for our 38 ft cat are modest by Croatia standards but high by UK standards varying from about 120 -200 kuna say 15 -22 approx. There are an increasing number of bays with such concessions but there are many more great places where its free to anchor. We have in 3 years only paid 1-2 times to anchor so its not a great deal - yet.
I did read an article by a guy who sailed from UK to the Med without paying once, but you can take things too far. A free anchorage in Havelet Bay vs St Peter Port Marina, Guernsey for 20 with really good facilities is a no brainer in my view
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Re: anchoring fees

You have to pay in various coves around Sardinia, although that is for a mooring buoy.
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Re: anchoring fees

We were charged US$6 to $10 in some places in the San Blas (Kuna Yala) a few years ago, by the nearest inhabited island but that was independent of boat size and length of stay. They may offer to take your rubbish but you shouldn't give it to them as they generally don't dispose of it properly.

All too many UK harbours are now charging for anchoring, especially in the South West. For example, this year we have been charged between 9 and 16 (US$14 to 24) a night just for anchoring, moorings if you want one cost upwards of an additional 8 (US$12) a night (depends on boat size). But this, coupled with soaring mooring charges and marina costs, is unlikely to last as economic decline and inflation (sorry, quantitative easing) drives more and more boaters out of the market, or to cheaper places in France, Portugal, Spain and so on.
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There is something wrong with fees when no service is provided. I will go somewhere else until there is nowhere else to go.

Me too. And when I am king, the swells won't be able to buy exclusive shore line that belongs to all of us. And as awful as these storms are, I won't allow rebuilding anywhere that restricts access to Mother Ocean.

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