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Re: Slip or Mooring Can?
Not sure exactly what boats you have narrowed things down to. Your other posts point to 70's 27-30' boats. Older boats mean more maintenance, more tools, more power. Fact of life. When you need a part from WM it is a lot easier to walk down the dock to your car and go than get from the boat to the dink to the dock to the car. I also have a theory that the average persons projects take at least three trips to the hardware for things that they did not think they needed.
The other posts also make sense to me. If you are driving 2 1/2 hours to the boat it is a lot more convenient to step on board with your supplies than to take a dink to the boat, boat to the dock, boat back to the mooring. same with water, holding tanks, showers, etc.. The end of your weekend topping off water tanks and pumping out holding tanks is not the best memory of the weekend.
Convenience, even though you pay for it, will get the boat used more often. The 2 1/2 hours is tough enough (this from soneone who had a cottage 6 hours away from home and still used it a lot), but then add the time to get on the boat and get settled and it adds another hour minimum.
Try the slip until you are familiar with the boat and then make the mooring decision after a years use.