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Re: Mooring vs slip?
My preference would be the mooring providing it's a swinging mooring, and not a trot mooring where you have to pick up both a bow line and a stern line. They can be a real pain to pick up in strong winds and tides, whereas it's relatively easy to sail on and off a swinging mooring.
It's the privacy of a mooring that I like, along with the way the boat behaves how a boat should, reacting to both wind and tide.
Alongside on a pontoon berth (UK) or slip (US) with the ropes and fenders squawking it's no fun at all, you might as well be ashore. And all the hassle wriggling in and out of the slip and getting the lines on, particularly if you have a long-keeler. You'll need help to do it without drama, but you can deal with a mooring on your own.
Yes, it's the mooring for me...