Many residents of Oregon enjoy spending time outside. It is not unusual to find people enjoying the local rivers, and may even make a choice to live on the water. Buying a small boat can be the answer many formally homeless find to get themselves off the street. Living on the river seems like a great solution with the freedom to move about, but it is not entirely legal. While locals are free to use the water, in a move of ultimate government overreach they are not free to tie down to the land below. Making a small effort to anchor your boat somewhere for the night or even staying a few days at a quiet place on the river can land a ship owner in hot water with the state.
In the State of Oregon, if a resident lives on a boat it must have a permanent space to tie down. This means a sleeve in a marina or a floating home moorage. If they are not renting space to tie down and using the public waterway, they are considered trespassers. When this happens, the boat owner is …
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