Having trouble finding out about private mooring
buoys. I've been sailing BC waters for over 10 years but over this time it's now increasingly difficult and in many cases impossible to even safely anchor
in places I used to be able to due to all the private mooring
buoys. What frustrates me is that many of the private mooring buoys are unoccupied.
What I would like to do is tie up to a private mooring buoy and call the number that legally should be there and check if it's ok?. Is that a reasonable assumption or am I just asking for trouble? How protective are people of their mooring buoys? Looking at comments on other threads it would seem people would like to either sink my boat
or set it adrift!
My particular situation at the moment is I want to visit a friend on Mayne island but looking at Google
maps the areas suitable for anchoring
are full of private mooring buoys - half of which are unoccupied (the one small public dock
is full of double rafted boats).
I'm also confused by the legality of it all. A person can have ownership
of the physical buoy but the buoy is on crown land which is public? To me it's like putting traffic cones on a public road to reserve a parking spot for whenever they want but no one else can park.