Monday, April 29, 2013

PRVWSD Regulations: Moor Than You Likely Need to Know

Last week we discussed the exciting world of no wake zones.  This week, we take up mooring of boats.  In common dialect, to moor means to anchor, berth, or dock.  Nautical dictionaries refer to mooring in permanent terms.

Rule 2.2 of the District Regulations covers this topic; it does not refer to mooring in permanent terms.  For boats under twenty-seven (27) feet in length, it is unlawful to moor in open waters within the Reservoir Project Area except on a temporary basis, and only with the owner or operator aboard.  "Temporary basis" is not defined, but the requirement of having the owner/operator aboard seems clear.  Rule 2.2(e) gives the District the power to remove any boat moored in violation of this rule and to recover all costs of removal.  Costs of subsequent impoundment are not mentioned, though that is likely implied.

For boats over twenty-seven (27) feet in length, Rule 2.2(b) & (c) limit the locations said watercraft can be moored.  Those locations include a yacht club harbor or commercial marina.  The longer boat can also be moored at a private dock or pier for up to seven (7) contiguous days, but no more than thirty (30) total days in a calendar year.  If you take the longer boat on to the Reservoir Project Area waters, you can moor it no longer than twelve (12) hours at a time.

Rule 2.2(d) makes it unlawful to abandon any waterlogged or sunk boat in any waters within the Reservoir Project Area.

Violations of this Rule 2.2 constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $500 fine.  Whether this is a per day fine, the rule does not state.  I also note this rule applies only to mooring, and does not speak to boats outside of the water, i.e., abandoned on leasehold property above the water line.  

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