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Re: Dock vs. mooring

A slip is more expensive but more convenient for loading/unloading, getting back to the boat after a few hours at the local pub.

A mooring is less expensive but you'll need a dinghy to get you, guests, provisions, etc. to the boat. PITA when the weather is bad. Also, you'll want to periodically check that what is holding it down on the bottom is secure and maintained. You don't want it failing.

Easier to pick up a mooring line than it is to get a boat into a slip.

When we were in the BVI I found moorings very convenient but we were on vacation. Now, if the marinas in the U.S. had people to come out and collect my garbage and sell me ice...
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