Maine Skipper Fights to Keep Mooring

Seacoast Online reports on the battle between longtime captain John Ellis and the town of Wells, Maine, over the mooring for Ellis’s 40-foot whaler, the Deborah Ann.

Ellis has fond memories of boating as a child, and of fishing trips in Wells with his father. These experiences led to his purchase of three boats he has used for fishing and recreation out of Wells Harbor.

“I don’t want to lose it,” he said of his most recent acquisition, the Deborah Ann, looking out over Wells Harbor on Friday, Oct. 1. The town has requested he remove the boat after police conducted an investigation and said it was “improperly” moored.

Ellis did not, as required by the town’s mooring policy, apply for a new mooring when he upgraded to a larger boat. However, he claims the former harbormaster gave him verbal permission to use the mooring.

The investigation came in response to a complaint from fellow boat owner Bob Liston, who at a Sept. 9 Board of Selectmen meeting alleged Ellis had not followed the proper application process to receive a large-boat mooring.

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