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Re: Dock vs. mooring
For me, a mooring with good launch service is the best of both worlds. Less expensive than a slip. Easy access and on/off via the launch, even if you have lots of provisions to bring along. For a daysail, we're underway within 10 minutes of arriving at the marina. Having the boat on the mooring offers way more privacy and comfort (always nose to wind) as we do dine and overnight on the mooring occasionally.
For when we do take a multi-day cruise and want the dinghy, I can remove my dinghy from the rack, drop it in the water and install the 3 HP outboard in 3 minutes; then another 5 minutes putt-putting out to the boat.
My own observations confirm another's observation that the slips can at times resemble a floating trailer park; not my idea of a good time.