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Old 10-07-2009
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I'd point out that using a stern-rail mounted grill is illegal at a slip, at least in most of the USA...while it is perfectly legal on a boat that is on a mooring. Also, the boat on a mooring is able to swing and point into the wind, which can make the cabin far more comfortable, since you can more easily control the ventilation on the boat. Also, the open companionway will generally be protected from the rain on a mooring, since the boat will be facing into the wind, which is often not the case on a boat in a slip.

The areas of comparison are cost, safety, convenience, comfort... A properly installed and maintained mooring wins on cost, safety, comfort, but is a bit less convenient.
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