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Hi there 

I'm new to boating.. Can you anchor anywhere in Sydney/NSW?

Where can't you anchor?

Any help would be much appreciated! Done a bit of googling but it just told me you can't anchor anywhere for more than 28 days.. 

Happy Aussie Day!

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No, there are areas where anchoring is prohibited.

Google RMS boating Maps a have a look at the area you wish to go.

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NO!

 

Do you have a NSW boating licence??

This is all part of the course to get you licence & reading through the material relating to this.

 

There are free moorings all over the place & rules in place accordingly.

You need to look at individual location RMS maps for some information on this.

 

If at anchor at night there are rules for lighting after sunset if you caught the learning material.

 

As for being anchored after sunset & between dawn then the regs are stated. 

 

Am I just being to harsh here??

 

Probably, maybe not 😏

 

If your new to boating then you should know the rules, its no different to a car licence.

 

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Thanks guys. Super helpful. Agree that I should be read up and prepared! 
 

My question was stemmed from bays with no pink buoys.. and it doesn’t have no anchoring sign on the map.. https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/maritime/usingwaterways/maps/boating-maps/9d-port-jackson.pdf

Presumably this means I can simply drop anchor?

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5 minutes ago, NewbieBoatie said:

Thanks guys. Super helpful. Agree that I should be read up and prepared! 
 

My question was stemmed from bays with no pink buoys.. and it doesn’t have no anchoring sign on the map.. https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/maritime/usingwaterways/maps/boating-maps/9d-port-jackson.pdf

Presumably this means I can simply drop anchor?

what areas are you looking at?

are you anchoring for a few hours fishing or overnight.

the map you linked is fairly clear as to where you can set an anchor.

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4 hours ago, Renegade460 said:

No, there are areas where anchoring is prohibited.

except in a channel maybe 😶

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It is illegal to anchor in a chanel, which raises the question of how do you identify a chanel??  Ron

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29 minutes ago, campr said:

It is illegal to anchor in a chanel, which raises the question of how do you identify a chanel??  Ron

Channel markers :whistling:

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11 hours ago, campr said:

It is illegal to anchor in a chanel, which raises the question of how do you identify a chanel??  Ron

Ha! tell that to the people ive seen anchor right in the middle of a channel

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14 hours ago, motiondave said:

what areas are you looking at?

are you anchoring for a few hours fishing or overnight.

the map you linked is fairly clear as to where you can set an anchor.

Just a few hours. I'll go with the map then. Pretty clear now, thanks everyone. 

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@NewbieBoatie, sounds like you read this but the rule you are referring to is actually-

'The operator of a vessel must not allow a vessel to be at anchor in any one place in NSW waters for more than 28 days in any calendar year.'

https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/safety-rules/occupation-of-waters-by-a-vessel.html

 

You do not need to use a mooring if you are intending to sit somewhere for a few hours you can use an anchor but you just have to be in an area that's acceptable for safety so definitely not in a channel or something like a ferry route or an overhead or submarine cable(they are sign posted)& if at night you must display the appropriate lights, at an actual moorings lights are not required to be used.

https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/maritime/safety-rules/publications/be-bright-safe-night.pdf

If visiting any new port it would be advisable study the online RMS maps closely.

If you plan to visit these places regularly it pays to have a paper copy of the map for reference!

They have things of dangers marked out as well as general info like the public moorings at Sydney harbour for no more than 24hrs at one time.

Which it does not state in the occupation of waters info!

Also I really think you need to read this through a couple of times before heading to Sydney harbor-

https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/maritime/licence/boating-handbook.pdf

These are the people who make the rules, no google!

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Be very aware in Sydney Harbour if you end up there.

Cheers.

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