View Poll Results: Do you display an anchor ball when anchoring in the daytime?
Yes - rules are rules 12 18.18%
No - This rule is outdated. 23 34.85%
Depends. In certain circumstances I might 18 27.27%
Display an anchor what? 13 19.70%
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:34 AM   #41
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Great topic. I don't have one, I have seen people use them on the Columbia River. A PO removed the mast on our boat & which leaves the question of where & how to devise a solid mount for one on the arch. In Mexico, I never saw one on any type of boat.
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:36 AM   #42
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RTF, I'd love to make a delivery. Next time we need to go to Broward, I'll send you a PM and maybe we can get together. I made a delivery to FF up by Lake Okeechobee a couple of weeks ago. It was fun meeting him and he's only about half as crazy as you.
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:50 AM   #43
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Eastern Caribbean they are frequently seen. Bay Pelican almost always displays one

Witnessed a collision of a boat going through the anchorage and an anchored boat. The first words out of the mouth of the captain of the offending boat was "You don't have an anchor ball displayed."
was the guy looking for the ball and missed seeing the boat?
How does one hit a stopped boat? You can't fix stupid!
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:56 AM   #44
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Would this be sufficient? If so, buy a bunch of black balloons and blow one up and tie it to a string and let it fly!
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:04 AM   #45
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I have never seen one displayed around this part of the Maine coast. There is very little enforcement here, which may be a factor. If I boated in a more crowded place I would display an anchor ball.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:23 AM   #46
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I have to confess, it was HopCar that put me up to starting this thread in order to drum up some business. Personally, I think he could recommended starting a discussion about something with a better profit potential.

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Old 04-25-2015, 10:25 AM   #47
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Greetings,
Mr. HC. "...only about half as crazy as you..." THAT comment just got me another 5% discount! I"m SO cheap I must have been a sailboater in a previous life...

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Old 04-25-2015, 10:26 AM   #48
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Thanks L&F, can we talk about anchors next? I've got a bunch of Rocnas and Vulcans I'd like to move.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:26 AM   #49
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Unlike the red and white scheme used for divers, I can't imagine something more difficult to see and make out than a black ball. Black just doesn't seem to demand anyones attention. Just my 2 cents worth. Maybe when I see and notice one, I will change my mind but for now, it fails the smell test....even at only 20 bucks (plus mounting).
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RTF, that is one weird image.
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Greetings,
Mr. HC. OK, 4 3/4%. Better? Image is supposed to be the sound of an anemic blow boat motor...Missed? Well, I'm not 100% all the time-careful...
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:36 AM   #52
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If this were April 1 I'd suspect this entire black anchor ball discussion is a joke and all those photos are just radar reflectors painted black.
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:29 AM   #53
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Thirty plus years on the Florida Intracoastal and I can probably county on one hand the number of times I've seen one used by pleasure craft.

I must admit that I initially thought the original question was referring to using a buoy ball to mark where an anchor is located--I do this on occasion. I remember some folks using empty painted bleach containers years ago for this purpose.

Likewise...we don't see it around BC waters. The admiral and I don't remember it coming up in Power Squadron. Probably should get one.


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I was happy to see the anchor balls displayed on barges in the Chesapeake and Delaware.


The wind and current made it hard to tell if they were underway and slowly maneuvering which would have required action on my part or not.....


Once you know what to look for and why....they are an invaluable tool for safety.


Funny how AIS is praised so much and yet something that has been around for a long time is so foreign to many. My guess is anchor balls have been there, just not noticed by many.
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:33 AM   #55
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I made a delivery to FF up by Lake Okeechobee a couple of weeks ago. It was fun meeting him and he's only about half as crazy as you.
Parks, you have a wonderful attitude about your customers! No wonder you're so successful!......
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:52 AM   #56
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Rule 30 - Anchored Vessels and Vessels Aground
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Very interesting - I was not aware that this applied to inland powerboats >7m

Is anyone aware of a USCG inspection even checking for the req'd day shapes?

I would doubt whether any / many inland law enforcement patrols are even aware of this requirement - they certainly are not enforcing it and, to my knowledge, not even informing recreational owner / operators of the reqm't.
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Old 04-25-2015, 12:56 PM   #58
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No, I anchor out of the channel in sloughs, behind islands or sandbars.
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Old 04-25-2015, 01:04 PM   #59
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The USCG doesn't check to see if a boater has an anchor ball. The USCG doesn't require an anchor either.


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The USCG checklist for an auxiliary facility (boat) calls for an anchor but there is no mention of an anchor ball.


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