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dfloeter

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Anchoring in Georgia
« on: May 16, 2020, 07:17:10 PM »

So this is not strictly Cat 34 territory but I hope someone in this region has some input. We are on the ICW northbound in Georgia and aware of the new anchoring rules enacted in January.  The question is are the rules being enforced, by whom and is there any meaningful penalty?  The rules as written severely limit our options. We are currently no where near any structures that trigger the 1000 zone but tomorrow is another day.
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Re: Anchoring in Georgia
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 09:20:35 AM »

Dietrich,

You may get more info on this particular question over at www.cruisersforum.com

Good luck,

Stu
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Re: Anchoring in Georgia
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2020, 01:02:11 PM »

Dietrick : Look in the Notice to Mariners (USCG) for Georgia.  It should give the definitive regulation and restrictions!!

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Re: Anchoring in Georgia
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2020, 02:53:17 PM »

While sitting in an unquestionably legal anchorage surrounded by grass, I should say that the rules are clear and I have found a chart detailing exactly where we are allowed to drop the hook.  And I did check Cruisers Forum and found little but that is a great idea.  That said, since we entered Georgia a week ago no one has mentioned the new rules or seemingly acted on them.   We spent six nights at Cumberland Island National Seashore, with as many as 20 boats anchored illegally.  I just wonder if the rules are being ignored statewide.   We will be out of this lovely grassland in a couple of days anyway and we can muddle along.   Thanks.
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Re: Anchoring in Georgia
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2020, 05:18:43 AM »

After much public outcry, the Georgia legislature is currently working on HB833 which will hopefully remove some of the ridiculous rules set for in the initial bill.  HB833 in its present form can be found at http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20192020/HB/833.  It has not been voted into law yet as far as I know.
 
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Re: Anchoring in Georgia
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2020, 08:27:20 AM »

Thanks Ken.  The new version when enacted will be a reasonable piece of legislation form the way I read it.
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