Town of Westerly, RI
Washington County
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Any person in violation of a provision of this article shall be subject to the fine identified in the violation schedule contained within § 86-6 of this chapter.
A. 
Every vessel entering a harbor shall be anchored by the person in command thereof according to the direction of the Harbormaster.
B. 
All vessels not anchored according to the direction of the Harbormaster shall be forthwith moved by the crew under his direction, and if any such vessel has not sufficient crew to move the same, such vessel shall be moved by the Harbormaster, and the expense thereof shall be paid by the owner or master of such vessel, and may be recovered by the Harbormaster of such owner or master, by an action in the name of the Town before any court of competent jurisdiction.
C. 
The following areas are established for use as transient anchorage:
(1) 
Little Narragansett Bay North of Napatree Point but not further north than a line running from the inner exit of the privately marked channel of The Cut from Fishers Island Sound toward the Northern boundary of Foster Cove and between North South lines at 72° 52.600 feet and 500 feet West of R2 at the entrance to Watch Hill Harbor.
(2) 
Little Narragansett Bay on the inner (Eastern or Northern) side of Sandy Point South of the Connecticut border and East to a North South line through G13.
D. 
A vessel may anchor overnight on its own anchor in the two transient anchorage areas in Little Narragansett Bay defined above. No vessel anchored under such conditions shall be left unattended between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise. Owners and/or operators of such vessels may go ashore but must be available to tend the vessel in the event of heavy weather. It shall be the vessel owner's and/or operator's responsibility to remain clear of all moored vessels, and other structures. Vessels staying more than seven nights must get specific approval from the Harbormaster. No permanent live aboards are allowed.
Vessels may raft on a single mooring or anchor when such activity does not interfere with the proper functioning or safety of adjacent single moorings or vessel anchorages and according to the limits, number and/or length, set by the mooring owner or anchored boat owner.
A. 
The owner or person in charge shall, as soon as may be after such vessel is made fast to any wharf or other vessel, cause the lower yards to be cock-billed and the top sail yards to be braced fore and aft, and the jibboom of any vessel shall be rigged in whenever so directed by the Harbormaster.
B. 
Vessels shall not in any case be placed alongside of any wharf in said harbor more than three deep without permission of the Harbormaster.
Every vessel drawing more than seven feet of water and approaching the harbor at any other time than at high tide shall anchor outside the channel until the tide shall warrant a free passage.
A. 
No warps, lines or fishing gear shall be in or passed across any channel, fairway or dock and no boat shall be anchored in the channel or fairway in a manner which obstructs vessels passing along the same.
B. 
Stakes shall not be driven to be used for mooring any vessel or boat, or for tying up any fish, lobster or bait can unless in the judgment of the Harbormaster their use would not be an obstruction.
C. 
Mooring shall not be located so that vessels or boats when lying to the same shall block any channel or approach to any channel, or obstruct the approach to piers, docks or other moorings in the vicinity.
D. 
The placement of fish nets is prohibited in all navigation fairways and mooring fields.
E. 
No person or persons shall obstruct any channel, fairway or dock in a manner which obstructs vessels passing along same.