We recently pulled into Effingham Bay in Barkley Sound, planning to drop a hook in the protected anchorage and wait out an expected blow due to roll in that night.
Our friends aboard Bella Star had picked a fine spot in a narrow arm of the bay to drop their hook and we had intended to anchor next to them a little further toward the head of the inlet.
But as we motored in, we noticed an unattended dinghy anchored to prevent anyone else from taking the space. I was pretty miffed. Later, a boat puttered into the harbor, dropped the hook exactly where we had hoped to and retrieved the dinghy.
As we’d thought, he was saving his anchoring space. You can’t do that, right?
Over drinks later, we debated the etiquette of saving an anchor space. Was it akin to anchoring your larger boat or more like blocking off a parking space on a public street?
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