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Types of moorings
Getting a sense of whats available … what the restrictions are and what it all costs
Thursday,24 January, 2013
7:57 pm
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I get the sense that once you’ve made the decision to buy a live-aboard you should stop thinking about the actual boat and find a mooring. Moorings seem to be the thing I know least about.

Here’s what I THINK I know: I’d love it if someone could confirm/refute/add to what I’ve written

1. Residential moorings are the only ones you can live on 24/7/365 … you can occasionally acquire these when buying a boat that is already moored on them but I guess you’re not buying the mooring so much as having the right to remain transferred with the boat ie. there are still going to be annual charges.

2. Marinas always charge a rental fee for any kind of mooring be it residential long-stay or shortstay.

3. Long-stay (but non-residential) moorings allow you to leave your boat in situ 24/7/365 but you can only spend so long on it … at least while ‘parked’ on the mooring. Are there any that allow you to spend a substantial part of the year … say 8-9 months on the boat in the marina. I ask because this arrangement would suit me.

4. Many permanent moorings that are for sale have no facilities nor security (and in one case I read about) were actually contested by the local council as unsuitable development resulting in very tight restrictions on what was possible to do on the bank.

5. Constant cruisers are allowed to stay on some moorings (for up to 2 weeks?). Some of these incur a daily/weekly rental … some are ‘free’ to boaters that have registered to use them (and paid an annual fee).

Thursday,24 January, 2013
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Hi Roy and welcome to the forum. I’ll answer your questions in the order you’ve written them.

  1. Yes they are and yes, you can sometimes acquire these along with the boat. And yes, you will still pay mooring fees every year.
  2. Yes, marinas always charge a fee, and very few of them offer residential moorings. There are two types of marina mooring; leisure and residential. The vast majority are leisure moorings.
  3. The length of time you can stay on your boat will be determined by the mooring owner. There’s a wide variation in terms and conditions. You need to check carefully with the mooring owner. It’s also worthwhile speaking to other moorers at the location you’re interested in to see how rigorously rules are enforced.
  4. Correct. If you are considering a linear mooring (along the canal rather than in a marina), try to choose on on the offside, the opposite side from the towpath. They are usually far more secure.
  5. As a continuous cruiser you are allowed to moor just about anywhere on the canal on the towpath side for up to two weeks as long as you are making a progressive journey. This means that you can’t move from point A, then to point B and after a couple of weeks back to point A.

I hope this helps.

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