Vessel operators should always be considerate of other vessel operators even when stopping to anchor or moor.
Keep in mind that it is illegal to:
- Operate any vessel in such a way that it will interfere unnecessarily with the safe navigation of other vessels on the waterway.
- Anchor a vessel in the traveled portion of a river or channel in a way that will prevent or interfere with any other vessel passing through the same area.
- Moor or attach a vessel to a buoy (other than a mooring buoy), beacon, light, or any other navigational aid placed on public waters by proper authorities.
- Move, displace, tamper with, damage, or destroy any navigational aid.
- Obstruct a pier, wharf, boat ramp, or access to any facility.
- Interfere unreasonably or unnecessarily with other vessels’ use of the waterways or areas used for launching into the waterways.
- Moor, anchor, or fasten to shore for more than 14 consecutive days any vessel on public waters unless:
- The vessel is moved 25 nautical miles or more from its previous location or …
- The vessel is in a special anchorage area, is authorized for private dock or moorage, or is authorized by the government agency or private interest with jurisdiction over the waters.