picking up a vacant mooring
As a UK citizen and a sailor in the west coast of Scotland can i just point out that the original poster is wrong. the seabed is owned by the Crown and managed by the crown estates. Moorings have to have permission granted either to individuals or clubs etc. They are most certainly not available to be used by anyone who wants to. Most popular sailing areas have visitors moorings available and more are being laid every year. So its not a free for all!