We were on a Mooring for over 25 Years in Monroe Harbor.
The boat is very safe on a mooring in my opinion.
The drawbacks are
a) Its not convenient coming and going (and we had a tender service).
By yourself or with just your wife, no problem. Sailing while entertaining guest can be a bit of a pain. We would always drop everybody off on shore, ride the tender out, and prepare the boat for sailing, than motor back to the dock to pick everybody up. Depending on how busy it was in the harbor, this process could take up to an hour. Than we would repeat the process when landing. Like I said, not very convenient.
b) Bigger drawback, No Shore Power and No Water. Now my batteries are always nice and fresh and I can wash the boat whenever we want to.
c) The other guy....... A guy who wanted to sail onto his can holed us just under the hull deck joint. We were a near miss a couple of times by boats that brook free.
On the plus side,
I always found it easier to moor the boat. Single handed or short handed is much simplier from a mooring. Once you get on board it is much easier to make way. On my slip I have eight dock lines, on the can you have two bowlines on your forward cleats. It’s a piece of cake. Just watch your chafe and you should be fine. Our mooring was part of a harbor system so that everything from the can to the bottom was maintained by the harbormaster. On the can there is nothing for the boat to touch or bump, except for the can itself which can be a problem in light air.
It is not a bad way to go in my opinion..
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Last edited by sailortjk1; 11-29-2007 at 11:11 AM.