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With all the people that seem to be cruising now, and the need to go into harbors occasionally, I was wondering if it is difficult to find a slip for temp moorage. That is, there are a limited number of harbors, and if the boating population continues to increase, then how will everyone that wants a slip find one? Have any of you experienced "no vacancy" situations?
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Growing up in Maine, I watched the wealthy virtually take over the waterfront from the landside. Last time I was in Rockland Harbor, NYYC had "reserved" all slips, dockspace and moorings at the Moorings docks (I think it''s called the Moorings restaurant, not the charter co.). Nothing else available. This isn''t somewhere, after several hundred years of occupation, that you want to drop an anchor. NYYC never showed up while we were there, but apparently still paid for all the space, and it was held empty at their behest. Had I not been familiar with the harbor master, and taken his mooring, we''d''ve been running Muscle Ridge Channel at night in bad weather. Been there, etc. Anchoring up there at night (even in a "clean" cove) unless you have necessary local knowledge, is usually a bad idea with those tides. Now you can''t get to the land from the water. Guess I''ll stay offshore. Make your reservations well in advance. Rolex Regatta this weekend, BVI Regatta next. Ahh wee.
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What I''de like to see is a statute of limitations on vessels that never move and unoccupied, unlike live aboards. Very seldom do we have a real nice day here in the Puget Sound but when we do you can look down over the marinas and still see thousands of boats sitting empty at their slips. Some that are so dirty that I''m surprised they haven''t sank from the lack of care. It really seems a waste that active boaters have to struggle to find slips while others just let theirs rot away at the dock. The unused ones could go into dry storage. It would be better for the vessels anyway!

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Great Idea DelmarRey!
You could free up about 80% of the slips in any given marina.
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I second the motion! Great idea.
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So, how can we start a movement to get this accomplished? Myself, I know very little about politics or how to attract attention to a social problem. I guess one could write to all the marinas in their area telling them of the advantages to the idea. But, what are the advantages to the marina? Well, if they have businesses like restaurants and marine supplies, that could be a start.

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