People who park their unlicensed sailboats and dinghies — or fail to put their contact information on the boats — will see their watercraft removed from Cuesta Inlet in Los Osos on Sept. 19.
The inlet, a roughly 11-acre privately-owned intertidal area between Binscarth Road and Mitchell Drive, is privately owned although some people may assume the land is public.
People may keep their boat there under two conditions: the vessel must be licensed with the Department of Motor Vehicles (unless it is manually controlled or a sailboat eight feet or shorter) and their contact information must be posted and visible on the boat.
The 192 boats currently in the inlet include 79 kayaks, 67 canoes, 18 skiffs, 15 catamarans, 10 sailboats and three sailboards.
“More than 87 of the boats currently at the inlet are out of compliance,” said Pandora Nash-Karner, president of Celebrate Los Osos. Most of the violators were kayaks and canoes with no contact information on them. Some have been abandoned and one boat hasn’t been licensed since 1972, Nash-Karner said.
Nash-Karner suggested posting information on the boats by using outdoor vinyl letters or stick-on letters that can be protected from the elements rather than using magic markers, which tend to smudge.
“It’s such a gift for local bay users,” said boater Paul Irving, “to be able to leave their boats at the inlet – for no cost – and to be able to launch easily. Help keep Cuesta Inlet beautiful.”