I've had my fill of my dock neighbor's territorial habits when it comes to our shared finger (starboard side) on our dock. He has told me before that it's his finger and he's free to put anything on it that he wants.
When he 1st moved in, he had a 28’ cruiser in a 60’ slip, so he built himself a 15’ deck for more elbow room. Well he seized an opportunity and bought a 68’ houseboat soon thereafter. Instead of removing the 15’ deck, he just leaves his aft-end sticking 23’ beyond the end of his slip. This, of course, makes it difficult for me to return to my own slip when there's anything other than ideal conditions around the dock.
Since he’s very good at building decks, lots of other folks have asked him to install a deck on their slip as well. This is fine, except he likes to store his lumber scraps on our shared finger, which creates a tripping hazard for anyone walking down that finger. I pushed the lumber to his side of the finger and left myself a "walkway' to get to the end of the finger, which ticked him off. I don’t understand why he thinks it’s OK to block my side of the finger and not just his because his boat is a dock queen, which never leaves the slip. For over a year, I tolerated a large tool storage locker that was positioned on my side of the finger and was pushed up to the edge almost against my boat. This made it difficult for people pulling my bow line and walking down the starboard finger when coming in or going out. Eventually he moved it after his wife (the more sensible one of the 2) finally saw the trouble it was causing us.
Lastly, you can probably guess from the ‘dock queen’ comment, that he doesn’t pump out. They lived aboard the boat for 2 years and finally moved back to a house. Since they moved, I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in the clarity of the water around my boat. It makes me quiver whenever I have to reach into my Marine Air’s, generator’s, or toilets’ strainers when working on them because I know what’s in there.
My stupid marina’s management won’t do anything. I’ve tried searching for Coast Guard dock regulations and such, but am coming up empty handed. I’ve been told that the CG has rules that nothing can be on the fingers that restrict passage. Also, I believe there’s rules about how far a boat can stick out beyond the end of their slip, due to safety when docking, but can’t find anything official.
Can you guys help me find any of this info? Perhaps an anonymous phone call to the local CG office…….?