- 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
- 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.