If they allow others to have boats but not you, that is selective enforcement, and you can fight that. Get date-stamped photos of other boats parked in the hoa to support your claim. Then ask to be put on the agenda of the next meeting, and take your proof.
It apparently should be only the carport that is your problem, but again, if others have carports or sheds or some such, you may also be able to fight that. Did you get a city permit for it?
You say the bylaws do not state fines or penalties associated with breaking the covenants and restrictions, they just state that all property must be removed or can be removed by others at the owners expense.
Two things here: Many hoas ccrs do give authority for the board to enter property to repair or remove things, but the prevailing wisdom seems to be that THAT is trespassing, and NOT to be done. You could possibly post no trespassing signs, and if they enter your property, have them arrested for criminal trespass. You might still end up in a worse situation, because the local authorities may not arrest them, and the retaliation would be greater, BUT if taken to court, you may win. You also need to be sure that YOU own that land, that it is not common area. (In some places, a buyer gets only the house, not the land it is surrounded by.)
Also, read your state law. We have a similar case in our hoa: some on the board wans to go on to someone’s property to repair something, but another member says no, get a court order. (so does the law)
Residents in any state have little recourse against the board, but that is changing slowly. Not much can be done to fight the hoa, and whatever you do, DO NOT stop paying your dues. They can and will lien against you, and you could potentially lose your house for that small amount. In fact, write on your checks that the payment is for dues only,. And be sure to send it in plenty early.
I don’t see that you have much to support your carport.
There are houses here that are sold with I think it’s called “non-conforming” additions, which basically means the owner did not get a city permit when he added that addition.
What a purchaser needs to do is to call the city and find out what they need to do to get that approved..
Do you have any state agency that handles complaints between owners and the hoa? More states have such an agency because of the growing problems.
Emails and phone calls have NO weight. Put your request into writing, send it certified with a return receipt requested. Then, if it goes to court or administrative hearing, you have proof YOU tried to correct your error.
If the documents are silent, they should not be able to fine or penalize you. FWIW, it is my understanding that hoa fines are not collectable or enforceable because this is contract law, and generally a board will not spend the money to sue for small amounts, and are not legally collectible at sale, either. But do be sure of that. Remember, some states DO allow liens to be placed for fines, so be sure of your status. Check the state law.
There is a forum at AHRC that you might post this question. It is for homeowners questions such as this. You may get more knowledgeable help than I have given.
http://www.ahrc.com/new/index.php/src/news you have to register, but that’s painless.
I am not lawyer, and have no idea of what I’m talking about, so do not trust my response.