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Old 08-15-2015, 08:06 AM   #41
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Rented a mooring ball in Trinidad one time and left the mooring long enough to take the boat to the customs dock. My mooring line and float where left on the mooring ball. When I returned an hour later a local had used my mooring line and float to tie up to the mooring ball I had rented. I had to hover until they returned to get my line and float.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:46 AM   #42
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I find it, I guess amusing is the word, that there are so many people who get tremendously over wrought about what kind of ground tackle equipment they have, and people who are blithely content to attach their boat to any old random thing floating in the harbor, and some who apparently are both. I mean, really now folks...
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:12 AM   #43
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I think we have different cultures here....and not all are on the same page.

Where I am in Cape May...there is a huge pirate mooring field taking up much of the best anchoring in the harbor.

I used to have one and would be pissed if someone was tied up when I came back...but I wouldn't have a leg to stand on if I wanted to complain. What is worse....for decades this pirate mooring field has left abandoned anchors and chain all over the place, ruining it for an anchorage even if the pirate moorings were banished. There is no harbor master and no money funding organization versus chaos and damage.

You are in an area where organized mooring fields are the norm and I agree with them...if the town wants one and organizes it and sets rules against random pickup of private moorings great! I hope there are reasonable moorings available for transients or available anchorages...but so be it if there isn't...sorry I can't stop and enjoy. But I feel the locals have that right up to a point where it is for local convenience and not exclusion.
That does sound like a mess. At times I get frustrated with our regulations, but compared to what you are dealing with, they are a good thing. We have quite a few transient moorings that are allocated by the harbor master, and anchoring space for a couple hundred boats, though if I see 30 it's a huge number. So all are welcome.

I think the moral of the story here is that it's important to find out what the local policy/practice is wherever you go, then be courteous and follow it.
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:18 AM   #44
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If you feel it reasonable to tie up to my privately maintained mooring then I assume that you will feel it equally reasonable for me to occupy your boat while it is there.
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:43 AM   #45
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"If you feel it reasonable to tie up to my privately maintained mooring then I assume that you will feel it equally reasonable for me to occupy your boat while it is there."

Hardly , most folks moor on property they do not own or rent , so use by other Pilgrims is the norm, worldwide.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:13 AM   #46
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The mooring has a town number AND my name and my boat names on it. It is pretty clear it is a private mooring.
This is pretty clear cut. In a harbor environment with rules they should be followed.

My beef is more in a less or uncontrolled environment with these so call pirate moorings which is a different situation than what you are describing and perhaps a different argument. Yours, labelled the way they are, yes someone shouldn't pick that up. Turn it the other way and apologies for going OT but if you owned some water front property with a small bay and enough room for you to anchor in front of your property and then someone put a mooring there and didn't use it? That's more my frustration.
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:18 PM   #47
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Great FF let me know where your slip is so that I may tie up. and I'll be happy to leave my boat on your mooring while I go ashore.
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:25 PM   #48
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Rented a mooring ball in Trinidad one time and left the mooring long enough to take the boat to the customs dock. My mooring line and float where left on the mooring ball. When I returned an hour later a local had used my mooring line and float to tie up to the mooring ball I had rented. I had to hover until they returned to get my line and float.
you missed a prime opportunity to raft to them and drink their beer..
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:02 PM   #49
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As a mooring user, not an owner, I think it is very bad form to use someone else's property without their permission. How is it any different than just tieing up to someone's private dock in back of their home? And on moorings, it is potentially dangerous to user and owner, putting that big old Hatteras on someone's day sailer mooring for instance.
I totally agree. I would not dream of using someone else's private mooring buoy except in case of emergency. And I would appreciate but not expect the same courtesy given to me. As was said earlier, that is what this country is coming to, unfortunate as that may be. I do not have an answer to how to keep people off a private mooring however.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:30 PM   #50
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you missed a prime opportunity to raft to them and drink their beer..
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:45 PM   #51
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Many marinas reserve the right to rent your slip to transients in your absence.

Make sure you have a good working relationship with them or invoke depoyed, married guy rule #2 when you travel..."call home, when you get home, before you go home"...to avoid any suprises.
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Indeed out club rents out our slip when we notify them we will be gone but nothing is done without permission.
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Just wondering, do you get a refund if your slip is rented out when you're not there?
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:47 PM   #54
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Just wondering, do you get a refund if your slip is rented out when you're not there?
Usually no as they reserve the right to....
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:46 PM   #55
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I would post a sign that has these letters on it...

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very astute comments I have learned by experience - so they must be true.
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"Many marinas reserve the right to rent your slip to transients in your absence."

True , that is why you must take all dock lines , power hoses , water regulators etc with you when you go for a longer cruise.

The transients will decide another transient left them .
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"Many marinas reserve the right to rent your slip to transients in your absence."

True , that is why you must take all dock lines , power hoses , water regulators etc with you when you go for a longer cruise.

The transients will decide another transient left them .

Never experienced that. I always restore everything to its original position and found others have done the same. I certainly would not want to undo all my home set up every time I left for a few days
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With a 50 amp power cord priced at over $500, it goes with me if we are Marina hopping and gets locked in our dock box when we are anchor hopping. If someone needs my water hose that badly they can have it.
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Heck some places...you are wise to lock cords and splitters all the time. Even when sleeping on the boat.
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