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Taking the first plunge and choosing where to base ourselves
An open plea for comment and advice from two ‘soon to be’ liveaboards.
Monday,11 June, 2012
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Having decided some time ago to return to the UK after living abroad for 10 years in the tropics (I know your going to ask the weather question), we are looking at a number of locations at which to ‘base ourselves’ for the first year at least.

We are planning to buy a 50′ to 57′ cruiser and to attempt to find space in a marina on the Trent and Mersey as a start. Being totally new apart from holidays and friends boats, this will be a new start to an early retirement for us (early 50’s).

We have some slight confusion over what exactly is meant by ‘home mooring’ and also the expectation of some marinas we have researched. Some seem to discourage more than a few nights ‘on board’ whilst some offer space in other marinas in their chain whilst touring around the country. We know that continuous cruising will not be the way for us as we would need to spend at least 2 months over the year abroad, but unsure as to how it all works as far as where to start.

Our current plan is to pay for a berth in an established marina and then see how it pans out for year two. What happens if you decide to spend just a couple of months here and there in various marinas, how do you state your home marina, or am I simply being dense?

Appreciate any comments and/or advice anyone can give and thanks in advance.

Now living our life on our Nb Bunbury, well and truly slowed down and very happy.

Monday,11 June, 2012
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BWML is the largest multiple marina owner. I think they have seventeen marinas throughout England and Wales, although at least one of those marinas is coastal. They have a facility where you can swap moorings throughout their network.

Continuous cruising may be the way for you to go. Continuous cruisers can’t cruise all year round because of weather and lock/canal repair restrictions during the winter. Many continuous cruisers find a winter mooring, sometimes in a marina, to see them through the worst weather.

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BWML is the largest multiple marina owner. I think they have seventeen marinas throughout England and Wales, although at least one of those marinas is coastal. They have a facility where you can swap moorings throughout their network.

Continuous cruising may be the way for you to go. Continuous cruisers can’t cruise all year round because of weather and lock/canal repair restrictions during the winter. Many continuous cruisers find a winter mooring, sometimes in a marina, to see them through the worst weather.

 

Hmm, interesting, does that mean we would not actually need to state our home mooring when purchasing the licence or would we need to arrange a mooring ahead if we were to ‘winter moor’.

We are toying with the idea of the first year comfort levels and getting used to being aboard too, thanks for your input Paul.

Glenn 

Now living our life on our Nb Bunbury, well and truly slowed down and very happy.

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