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IMHO, moorings are a better bet than keeping the boat at a slip, even with floating docks. A helical screw mooring, properly installed, is going to be far more secure with a proper mooring pendant setup than any dock or anchorage is. Hauling out only makes sense if the marina anchors the boat down using tie straps and ground anchor points embedded in concrete. A few marinas have a pit setup, where the boats are lowered into pits in the ground and are essentially protected from much of the wind by doing so, but I don't know of any such marinas in the USA.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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