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Old 07-08-2013
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Summary Answer

Slip
  • Convenience
  • Security - Some can watch boat more easily if your gone
  • Acquire better docking skills quicker
  • Social - More neighbors to hang with
  • Power, Water
  • Much higher in cost
  • Potential for more damage toboat during docking and storm
  • Noisy on W/E nights
  • On shore facilities (shower/washing/food) if in a marina setting

Mooring
  • Need dink or taxi to get to boat. If taxi, don't operate 24/7
  • Quieter (much)
  • Easier to "dock". True Docking skills less critical
  • Generally less damage to boat during storm.
  • Much less expensive
  • Limited power/water
  • Hassle to p/u friends unless taxi service.
  • No one around to "rescue" boat or alert you if something goes amiss while your not there.
  • Mooring can be more exposed than slips

While I like our mooring from a $ and solitude point of view, there are things about a marina/dock that I miss. The most critical is the learning of good true docking skills in tight quarters in all types of wind/current. This became pretty apparent when we tried to leave a tight marina during spring launch. We just don't need to dock our boat ever except at the beginning and end of the season. As a result, we don't have good skills at it when things "heat" up.
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