Re: Mooring vs slip?
I too usually take moorings when in NE or the LI Sound, but it is really only because of the set up in most of the towns, the anchor area outside the last mooring is so exposed. Like you I sleep very securely on a mooring ( maybe falsely) , but I sleep pretty good at anchor since I got one of the New gen anchors ( Rocna) 5 years ago, but iStill set anchor alarm in both places. I was just making a list of the t owns we have visited the last 5 years comparing the mooring vs anchoring.
This year, Montauk, Greenport, (actually Doering Harbor) , Coakles, Stonington, Pornt Jeffereson, Northport, Olde Saybrooke were virtually no anchoring areas but plenty of moorings. Cape May, Atlantic Highlands, Barnegat, good anchorages.
On the Chesapeake there are virtually no moorings except private ones. In NE the moorings appear to be money making set ups for the towns. I am not a lawyer and my knowledge of riparian rights is limited to houses on the beach, how is it these towns are able to rope off large areas in front of them in the water. Is it the town that owns the water? The county? The state? Are marinas to expensive to build there, but are not on the Chessapeake?
I have found it to be very unfriendly to travelers who just are passing through and want to drop hook for the night. Over $1 a foot to ull up on a mooring when I carry sufficient tackle is hard to swallow.
I also agree with what you are saying about losing practice in getting into slips, dockage, fuel docks when you never have to do it. Some of our greatest calamities or "teaching moments " have occurred pulling into a slip with swirling or following 35 knt winds or narrow fairways to menu ever in. Picking up a mooring is relatively easy.
I still need an explanation from whoever posted that moorings are safer from slips in a storm.