Re: My last little bit of planning
For all mooring buoys, build a nylon bridle that runs from bow cleat to bow cleat with a full round turn around the ring. A a plumb bow, you want some distance between you and the mooring ball. With a raked bow, you can sometimes harden the mooring line to get the buoy up close without hitting the bow.
Marinas are in the business of making a profit, few will let you dock for free and have a free shower. Some will let you stay for a free lunch at their restaurant. You can anchor out and dinghy in. But even then some object to you using the facilities.
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