SALISBURY – Our new baby needs a name. Our pumpout boat, Downwinder, is being removed from Clean Vessel Act service and she’s been replaced.
If you can provide a name for our new pumpout boat by the end of July, you will win two years of free pumpouts! The Clean Vessel Act surcharge is $10 per year for all boats 20 feet or more, so it’s worth $20, or four cups of coffee.
Submit your name suggestion(s) to the Salisbury harbormaster or Harbor Commission at Salisbury Town Hall, 5 Beach Road, or firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer email, or 978-420-7834 if you prefer texting.
This year, we are setting clear limits for the mooring holders in front of the town pier. All moorings in that location must have permits paid by July 1.
After that date, we have wait list candidates who are anxious to move east of the bridge, and if they own a sailboat, then we’ll save everyone two lifts of the bridge by bringing them to the east.
And a reminder for all mooring holders, you must plan to haul out your moorings at the end of the season. There are days when the ice floes are large and they can pick up and drag a mooring quite easily.
And a dragged mooring can cause havoc for a marina that leaves lines or markers on the bottom through the winter.
If your mooring was dragged through a marina and messed up their lines, we might invite you to spend the following season in another community far away from the Merrimack River. Remember, your chain will only last a few years, so hauling is the easiest way to get a thorough inspection.
If you will be absent from your mooring for a week or more, let our department know so we can monitor the empty moorings and keep the fishermen and poachers clear.
Yes, we have “no wake zones” all over the Merrimack River! And yes, you can be cited and fined for an excessive wake.
But remember, even outside a no wake zone, you are still responsible for your wake. If anyone is injured as a result of the wake created by your boat, then you, the boat operator and owner can be held responsible.
We have a more segregated community at our dinghy dock. We ask all aluminum boats to tie up on the most interior posts or cleats. The next group, adjacent to aluminum boats on one side, will be Fiberglass dinghies, and on the other side, inflatable dinghies.
We ask all boaters to utilize single-point tie-ups, at the bow only, and please keep your motors in the down position. We have a new feature this season called our dry dock.
If you have an 8- to- 11-foot dinghy, you can haul it up onto the dry dock and avoid all the movement with tides changing. If you are going to lock your dinghy, then the harbormaster must have a key.
And remember, you are responsible to keep your dinghy bailed out. We’ve had a few sad sinkings of boats that were not well-maintained.
Ray Pike is the Salisbury harbormaster and writes an occasional guest column during boating season.