Re: Boarding and rafting to stranger's boats.
[ As for public free docking, you get what you pay for.[/QUOTE]
In Alaska, there is little opporttunity to moor a boat somewhere, extremes of weather and horrendous tides pretty much force all to use the public harbors, and most have multi year waiting lists. It's been my experience that the boats forced into "transient moorage" (vs slips), pay as much and frequently much more than a slipholder. By and large cities get a harbor built by the state and federal money and use the harbor revenue to subsidize the city budget, thereby lowering the tax rate for land owning residents. This frequently creates a system where fees are maximized and services lessened, simply to maximize profits for the harbor, which then flows to the city budget.