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Old 02-17-2011, 09:58 AM
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Default Legality of anchoring under a bridge

Is this a law that is nation wide, or more of a state or local law? I'm not talking about anchoring in a marked channel, but anywhere outside of it. Please point me in the right direction.

In my skiff, I throw my wreck anchor on a pile on, (not around it) and let it set so the current pulls me along side the column. Great for togging. I also anchor up on structure under the bridge with my 24' boat. Law Enforcement has passed me many times as I was doing both scenarios, and got guff once. (but it was quite a hullabaloo).

He had me follow him all the way to the marine police station, berated me in front of all his trainees, threatened me with multiple very expensive tickets.....then let me go without even checking my ID, boat registration, safety gear, nothing. I was pretty confused after that encounter.

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never heard of such law here in mississippi, but i could be wrong. where are you located?
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If your not obstructing the chanel or blocking passage in any way their should be no issue,
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It's taboo here. I think it's generally going to be frowned on because under a bridge is considerred the same as a channel. Also, teiing off to bridges is the same as tieing off to a navigational buoy. Probably hooking the bridge is the same.

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In here on page 82 it talks about it "Bridges and Shipping Channels. Do not stop or anchor beneath bridges or shipping chanels. If you do, you can expect to be asked to move end/or be boarded by law enforcement officials."

http://www.uscgboating.org/fedreqs/default.html

Seems like its part of the tightening of security after 9/11.

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Can't do it here in the channels, but I've never tried it under a bridge over open waters.

I am fairly certain that you cannot moor to a buoy or piling that is used for navigation, anywhere. It obstructs the view.
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I anchor up under the RM bridge, or really close to it, but never in the channel. The FI Coast Guard station is right there, and I have never seen them stop any boat from anchoring under the bridge. It's a very popular spot. I have seen bay constables hassle boats that try to tie on directly to bridges.

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I believe "attaching to" a bridge is federal rregulation. I think that anchoring "near" a bridge/buoy is a state thing. I know in florida, it is no-wake within 200 ft of ANY bridge, ANYWHERE. Here in Jersey, it is even legal to run under bridges at planing speed, so far as you are not in the designated channel. For instance, the larges central opening is where the channel runs through, and is marked. That is slow no wake. If you pass under the bridge between any other pilings, it is legal to do so at any reasonable speed, as far as I know.
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Your good here, as long as you are anchored you won't get any hassle you might get a saftey inspect once in a while though. I see from you pic that you are one marina over LOL
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Under federal law (33 CFR) after 9/11, tieing off to or anchoring under any bridge is technically a federal felony and may get you more than you want. That being said, at least around LI in the bays, law enforcement doesn't seem to care as long as you are out of the channels; but if you do so under the big NYC bridges, you will see the USCG, NYPD and lots of others come down on you with lights ablaze and guns drawn.
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In here on page 82 it talks about it "Bridges and Shipping Channels. Do not stop or anchor beneath bridges or shipping chanels. If you do, you can expect to be asked to move end/or be boarded by law enforcement officials."

http://www.uscgboating.org/fedreqs/default.html

Seems like its part of the tightening of security after 9/11.

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We used to have to stay back like 500' or something. Now they relaxed that, but not allowed to tie off on any bridge structure or anchor under. Kind of a dumb rule if you think about it. If a terrorist want to blow up the bridge it takes all of 3 seconds to pull up, drop a bomb, and move on.

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We sometimes fish under bridges by using our simple clamp system as most bridge pilings are square or rectangular.

We use fenders between the boat and pilings.

We have never been approached by authorities.







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A no no in NY.
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You don't want to do it under any bridge in Mass as there's a pretty
good chance something (if not the whole bridge) is going to fall on you.
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guys anchor up under the Skyway all the time.
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We tie up to the state highway bridges here. Figure it is not a problem when fish and game is tied up at the next piling. The only people they really hassle is the boats that fail to observe the no-wake zone under said bridges.
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I anchor up under the skyway and I'll anchor up under any of the other big bridges around here, no one cares just dont be a dumbass and anchor up near the channel or something.
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.then let me go without even checking my ID, boat registration, safety gear, nothing. I was pretty confused after that encounter.
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We sometimes fish under bridges by using our simple clamp system as most bridge pilings are square or rectangular.

We use fenders between the boat and pilings.

We have never been approached by authorities.






Looks like a f'n pipe bomb clamped to the bridge support!. I wouldn't try that is any metro area, anywhere in the country, unless you're trying for a couple of free meals at the county or state's expense.
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Your good here, as long as you are anchored you won't get any hassle you might get a saftey inspect once in a while though. I see from you pic that you are one marina over LOL
If he lives in the area. I'm sure he's seen people anchored along the HRBT, M&M, CBBT, and other bridges. It's common practice in the lower Chesapeake bay. During striper season it's hard to find a place under the bridge to anchor.....lol
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