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Mooring Rules/Regs & Bylaws
TOWN OF SCITUATE
MOORING RULES & REGULATIONS
B. Mooring Space – Means a space in the harbor in which mooring tackle may be installed and a boat or other float moored upon the issuance of an annual permit by the Harbormaster.
C. Mooring Tackle – Means the block, chain, buoy, pennant and any other equipment used to moor a boat, lobster-car, float, or raft.
D. Commercial (fishing) vessel – Means any vessel as determined by the Harbormaster principally engaged in fishing and sale of catch.
MOORING ASSIGNMENT PROCEDURE
PURPOSE: The purpose of this procedure is to ensure the fair and equitable assignment of annual permits from a waiting list for the placement and temporary use of bottom anchored moorings, floats, or rafts. This assignment procedure relates to individual commercial and recreational moorings. This procedure is consistent with harbor planning goals. This waiting list procedure shall not discriminate against any citizen on the basis of residency, race, religion, sex, age, disability or other illegal distinction.
B. Mooring Assignment Method
(1) The applicant’s position on the waiting list is determined by the date of the initial application. Applications must be renewed in person, by mail, or by fax between August 1 and December 31st. (CH-1 of 12/20/11).
(2) Amendment of Application. Boat size, and other pertinent data on file, can be amended on an Application Form in writing with the applicant retaining priority on the waiting list based on the date of the initial application.
(3) If an applicant on a waiting list refuses a mooring space offered by the Harbormaster, the applicant remains prioritized on the list based on initial date of application.
(4) Request for Upgrading of Existing Mooring. At any time during the year a mooring permittee may request reassignment based on proposed changes in boat size. The Harbormaster will determine if the proposed vessel can fit on the existing mooring. If not, the permittee’s application will be taken for the new boat size and placed on the waiting list based on date and time of submittal. A fee of $20.00 must accompany the application. (CH-1 of 12/20/11). The permittee may continue to renew the existing mooring permit with the existing boat on an annual basis until a permit is granted for a new mooring location.
(5) Newly assigned moorings shall be inspected by the Harbormaster, or his designated agent.
(6) Failure to renew mooring application will result in applicant being dropped from the waiting list.
(7) No individual can be assigned a mooring, or a slip in Cole Parkway Marina, unless they are 18 years of age or older.
C. Utilization of Newly Assigned Mooring Permit
(1) Mooring fee is payable upon acceptance of
(2) The permittee’s vessel must be placed on the mooring by July 1 of the boating season following the one in which a mooring permit was assigned or the mooring permit will be forfeited. The date for placing the vessel on the mooring may be extended by the Harbormaster, but in no case extended beyond that year’s boating season ending November 1.
(3) The new permittee has the option, but no obligation, to purchase mooring ground tackle from the previous permit holder.
(4) If the ground tackle is not purchased by the new permittee
MOORING RULES & REGISTRATION
A. All moorings shall be registered with the Harbormaster each year. The registration period for any year shall end at 12:00 noon, May 15th. Any mooring not registered before this time shall be cancelled and the mooring space allocated to those on the waiting list.
(1) An identification sticker bearing the mooring permit
(2) Proof of boat excise tax payment must be provided to the
B. A mooring permit is not transferable except to the permit holder’s spouse.
C. The payment of a mooring registration fee does not give the permit holder any right, or claim, to any particular location. It does give him/her the right to a location in Scituate waterways and a proof of authorization for a mooring that is suitable for the boat specified on file at the Harbormaster’s office.
D. Permittees leaving their moorings for seven or more consecutive days must notify the Harbormaster of their estimated departure and return dates.
E. Without written permission of the Harbormaster, no mooring permit shall be renewed unless the boat owner has regularly moored his/her boat in Scituate Waterways during the previous calendar year.
F. Permittees who register moorings that are lost, non-compliant, and/or are not usable in their present state, shall have their registrations voided and not renewed. Any mooring that is not visible by August 1 shall be considered abandoned, unless recently (1 week) lost, and the space allocated to those on the waiting list.
G. No mooring may be rented for any period of time. No
However, that any yacht club or boat club or other non-profit organization having membership of at least fifteen persons may register not more than five moorings for the use of transient guests. These moorings shall be located outside the Federal Project Mooring Areas. Occupancy of such guest mooring for more than seven consecutive days by any one vessel shall be presumptive evidence of violation thereof. Temporary mooring assignments may be made by the Harbormaster from the waiting list for any mooring that is not being used by the the permittee with his/her boat on file with the Harbormaster. The owner of the boat on the mooring as of July 1 shall be assessed an excise tax for any year(s) the boat is on the mooring.
H. Any permittee who has not used his/her mooring for a calendar year shall forfeit his/her permit.
A. Each mooring buoy shall be painted white with a horizontal blue stripe around it and marked with the permit holder’s owner’s name and mooring registration number of sufficient size to be legible from the helm of a Harbormaster patrol boat. In addition, the registered boat length shall be enclosed in a minimum 3” diameter circle.
B. Moorings that are not properly marked as stated above are subject to removal as being illegal. A charge of $50 will be assessed to the owner for removal regardless if the mooring is returned to its location or not.
C. The length of the mooring pennant on moorings equipped with boxes, or floats attached to the mooring chain shall not exceed ten feet from the box chock to the float, unless express permission from the Harbormaster is granted.
D. All moorings shall have affixed to the chain approximately two feet from the top, a tag permanently marked with the mooring number.
E. Mooring weights and specifications are listed below:
All chains, shackles, eyebolts and all related hardware shall be hot-dipped galvanized.
* Maximum length may be changed subject to Harbormaster approval.
CARE, MAINTENANCE AND USE
A. No mooring, after being set shall be moved or in any way be changed without advanced approval of the Harbormaster.
C. The care, maintenance, and registration of moorings are the responsibility of the permittee.
D. Winter logs shall be removed by June 1st of each year and replaced by a suitable buoy. The winter logs shall not be replaced before September 15th of each year. Those logs not removed by June 1st shall be considered a menace to navigation and will be removed by the Harbormaster with no addition of a floating buoy. The top two feet of the winter logs shall be painted white and marked with the mooring number.
E. Commencing July 1, 2004 all moorings shall be inspected on a three-year basis under the direct supervision of the Harbormaster and/or his designated agents up to and including the lifting of the mooring itself, if conditions warrant.
F. All mooring lifters shall be registered and inspected annually with no fee attached.
G. All mooring service companies shall be certified annually by the Harbormaster.
A. Whoever violates any provisions of these Rules and Regulations shall be penalized as provided in the By-Laws of the Town of Scituate, Section 31000.
Approved June 5, 1979
30900 WATERWAYS BY-LAWS
In construing this by-law the following words shall have the meaning herein given unless a contrary intention clearly appears.
“Scituate Harbor” – the waters between the flashing red light on Cedar Point breakwater and the flag pole at the Scituate Coast Guard building on First Cliff and all the waters inside this line.
“Scituate Waterways” – the waters within the limits of Scituate Harbor and that portion of the North River and South River lying within the town of Scituate and all other waterways within the jurisdiction of the Town of Scituate; as defined in N.O.O.A. map dated February 1979.
“Harbormaster” – shall mean harbormaster and assistant Harbormasters duly appointed by the town administrator.
“Boat” – includes every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
“Persons” – shall include individuals, corporations, societies, associations and partnerships.
“Skin Divers” – shall include swimmers using fins and/or mask and/or snorkel tubes or self-contained underwater breathing devices.
30920 MOORING PERMITS
A. The purpose of this section is to preserve the
B. Mooring Permits: No person shall moor any
Such permit must be obtained for each calendar year and a mooring fee, set by the Selectmen, shall be paid for said permit to the Harbormaster on a form prescribed by the Selectmen. The application shall set forth the name and address of the owner, the size and type of the boat to be moored, the size and type of mooring, and if the mooring is already in the water, the location thereof with sufficient details to enable the Harbormaster to locate it. No person shall own more than one mooring. No mooring shall be rented Provided, however, that any yacht club or boat club, or other non-profit organization having a membership of at least fifteen persons may own not more than five moorings for the use of transient guests. Occupancy of such guest mooring for more than seven consecutive days by any one vessel shall be presumptive evidence of violation thereof. The Harbormaster shall not issue mooring permits or slip rentals to persons who have delinquent excise taxes.
C. The Harbormaster shall prepare regulations governing the use of moorings, applications for mooring permits, the size and specifications for moorings, their hardware and pennants. All such regulations shall be submitted to the Selectmen for approval. Upon approval the regulations shall be published once in a newspaper published in the town and shall be posted for seven consecutive days at the Harbormaster’s office and at the Town Clerk’s office and shall become effective upon expiration of said seven days. Copies of such regulations shall be available upon request at the Town Clerk’s office and the Harbormaster’s office. Such regulations may be amended from time to time in the same manner.
D. Any hazard to navigation or property, or any mooring placed within the limits of Scituate Waterways in violation o f the foregoing provisions may be removed by the Harbormaster at the expense of the owner.
A. No person carrying passengers for hire shall embark or disembark such passengers from any boat at the town landings without permission of the Harbormaster.
B. No person shall tie or secure any boat to any town-owned dock, pier or float for more than sixty minutes without first obtaining tie-up permit from the Harbormaster. Such permit may be issued on a daily, seasonal or calendar basis and a tie-up fee, set by the Selectmen, shall be paid to the Harbormaster or other agent authorized by the Town Administrator. The Harbormaster shall prepare regulations governing the use of such town facilities and applications for tie-up permits. All such regulations shall be submitted to the Selectmen for approval subject to procedural requirements of Section 39020C above. Nothing herein shall prohibit the Harbormaster from issuing a tie-up permit for no fee for any disabled vessel or any transient vessel requiring temporary refuge in Scituate Harbor.
C. No person shall clean or scale fish on town float or piers.
D. No person shall leave any boating or fishing equipment or any personal property upon the town landing places, floats, or piers for longer than is reasonably necessary in the act of loading or unloading same, to or from boats or vehicles without written permission of the Harbormaster.
E. No person shall swim or dive from town-owned piers or floats unless enrolled in organizational instruction permitted by the Harbormaster.
G. The town is not responsible for any loss or damage to boats at town piers, docks or floats. Owners will be held responsible for damage to structures and pilings owned by the Town.
H. No boat shall be left in dead storage at the town pier.
SECTION 30950 SKIN DIVING
Skin diving shall be permitted in Scituate Harbor only for the purpose of maintenance of boats, moorings, floats, piers, ground tackle and channel markers, and only with permission of the Harbormaster.
All skin divers shall:
No skin diver shall operate in Scituate Harbor and North and South Rivers except from a boat and attended by another person.
SECTION 30960 WATERSKIING
No person shall operate a boat in Scituate Harbor while towing water skiers, aquaplanes or other similar devices except in connection with water carnivals and exhibitions authorized by the Selectmen, or in an area designated by the Selectmen. No person shall operate such boat or equipment within 150 feet of any swimmer or at any of the beaches of Scituate.
SECTION 30970 DISCHARGING
Discharging or depositing, or causing to be thrown overboard, oil, refuse, waste, treated or untreated sewerage into the harbor, waterways or marinas is prohibited. All marinas will display this regulation on their wharf or ramp so as to be in the uninterrupted view of persons using this facility and to be of size to be read at a reasonable distance.
SECTION 30980 SAILING CLASSES
Sailing classes will be allowed to race within the Scituate Harbor area when under the jurisdiction of an authorized race committee recognized by the Harbormaster. Such boats shall not have courses laid out which use government marks for turning buoys or use fairways as a leg of the race course. Such boats shall respect the maneuvering problems of larger vessels in the harbor.
SECTION 30990 TOWN LAUNCHING RAMPS
The proper usage of the town launching ramps shall be determined by the Selectmen. This shall include the proper parking of trailers and motor vehicles at the approach to the ramp. Persons using town ramps for hauling of larger boats requiring cradles shall apply to the Harbormaster for permission. Such cradles and/or boats shall not remain on the town ramps for more than one tide.
SECTION 31000 PENALITIES
Whoever violates any provision of this chapter or any rule or regulation adopted under 30920C. hereof, and whoever fails to obey the lawful and reasonable orders of the Harbormaster, or resists him in the execution of his duties shall be fined up to $100.00 and/or may have their mooring, dockage, or commercial access privileges revoked. This chapter shall be enforced by the Harbormaster.