When we bought our boat in the middle of the summer, we couldn't find a slip so had to get a mooring. Next summer I'm definitely sticking with the mooring. The benefits of a slip are obvious, but here's some of the benefits of a mooring:
* better place to hang out when not sailing (we'll often have dinner on the mooring--to me, it's better scenery than crammed into a slip)
* more privacy for sleeping or hanging out
* no banging against a dock
* easier to come and go. Docking, especially in a tight or hard to access slip, with wind, can be stressful and even damaging. Picking up a mooring is cake.
I was dead set against a mooring, but now would never go back. Get a good, stable dinghy
and it's really not an issue having to dinghy
out every time. We keep our dinghy
in the water at a dinghy
dock, and then it's a 3 minute paddle to the boat, so it's just really not a big deal for us.