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Old 10-07-2020, 19:34   #1
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Etiquette while docked

A power boat docks in a Marina across the bay from my house in California.
He has 2 very bright lights (like High beams) that he leaves on All Night.
He's the only one that does that in the marina.
His bright lights are quite annoying , also a lot of my neighbors share my concern.
Are there rules or laws concerning that?
Thanks
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A power boat docks in a Marina across the bay from my house in California.
He has 2 very bright lights (like High beams) that he leaves on All Night.
He's the only one that does that in the marina.
His bright lights are quite annoying , also a lot of my neighbors share my concern.
Are there rules or laws concerning that?
Thanks
Drive over and ask him to axe those at night.
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Old 10-07-2020, 19:43   #3
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A power boat docks in a Marina across the bay from my house in California.
He has 2 very bright lights (like High beams) that he leaves on All Night.
He's the only one that does that in the marina.
His bright lights are quite annoying , also a lot of my neighbors share my concern.
Are there rules or laws concerning that?
Thanks
Ask first but if a continuing problem, are they on shore power?
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Re: Etiquette while docked

sneak up on the boat at night and spraypaint the lense black?
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There is no reason to need lights at night. Ask politely and if that doesn’t work, talk to the marina. You might suggest that his lights are both bright and poorly aimed.
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Re: Etiquette while docked

Not sure what recourse you have.

You can ask but unless the owner simply forgets to turn them off I am not aware of any reason he can not keep the lights on 365/24/7.

Not saying it is a good idea but to me this is kinda like the old legal principle they teach in first year law school. There is no law against sticking beans up your nose. Plenty of things are not against the law even if they are good reasons not to do them.
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Re: Etiquette while docked

Here in Oz, people complain to the local council, then they make a law about it and the marina will get fined if they don't enforce it. Not saying whether I think this is good or bad, but it is what it is.

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Re: Etiquette while docked

Or maybe:

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Drive over and ask him to axe those at night.
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Swim over and attach a limpet mine to his hull.......

I understand the problem... a new house has appeared down the valley from us .. only house we can see from our stoop... about 3 miles away... very bright security lights on all night and all day...

I see them every time I go out to fetch in some firewood... very annoying...

I think they must be growing a cash crop......
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Drive over and ask him to axe those at night.
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Swim over and attach a limpet mine to his hull.......

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Re: Etiquette while docked

Boaters are sooooo friendly. I mean why would you try asking when you could instead go over and destroy something .
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Boaters are sooooo friendly. I mean why would you try asking when you could instead go over and destroy something .
The OP did ask... him being in California and all...
Now if the OP had been in Texas he wouldn't have asked... he would instead have just gone on over.......
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I would have thought in Texas they would have just pulled out the 'ole 30-30 and done some light bulb hunting....
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Boaters are sooooo friendly. I mean why would you try asking when you could instead go over and destroy something .

Let's face it, the tongue in cheek responses are not surprising given the question.


Only in the litiginous US (and California in particular) would the initial response to a problem like this be looking for a law to use. Anywhere else talking to the guy would likely be the obvious thing to do.
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The OP did ask...

The OP hasn't stated that they asked anyone.

I think I would call the marina operators, describe the problem and ask them to ask the boat-owner, cos how would the OP know who owns the boat? The marina has a vested interest in being a good neighbour, moreso than the boat owner, so I expect they'd be willing to persuade the boatowner.

Also, I believe that when you're renting a slip in a marina, you agree to not cause problems for anyone. This probably extends to lights.
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