Crown Estate Commissioners v Fairlie Yacht Slip Ltd: 1976

The defenders had laid down moorings on the seabed in Fairlie Bay. They argued that the right to lay moorings was a necessary incident of the public right of navigation. The pursuers maintained, however, that the right to anchor was restricted to temporary anchorage in the course of passage and that it did not extend to quasi-permanent anchorage between voyages.
Held: A right to lay up a vessel between voyages is a not necessary incident of a public right of navigation: ‘the public right of navigation is restricted in the manner for which the pursuers contend. In my opinion, the earliest point of time when navigation begins is when a vessel is being prepared for a voyage, and navigation ends when the ship is left, either unmanned or with a caretaker crew, at the end of a voyage. A ship moored between voyages is not being navigated.
The laying up of a vessel is, in my opinion, an incident of ownership; it cannot properly be regarded as a necessary incident of the right of navigation.’
Lord Dunpark
1976 SC 161
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The parties disputed whether a right of way over a road included an implied right for the dominant owner to park on the servient tenement.
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Updated: 16 May 2021; Ref: scu.260032