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This will never happen to my boat:

I'm pretty sure that'll buff right out.

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I agree, there is still that possiblity.
and yes, this was an extreme example, but the first thought that came to mind was I would be better off further up the lake at anchor in a bay, than the next thought was.. there are empty mooring cans off our docks, I should have moved the boat to one of those.

BTW, PCP for a more detailed look at what I am referring to, go here...Lake Michigan storm


Wow, quite a bit more sporty than anything I'll ever see.
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I'd point out that using a stern-rail mounted grill is illegal at a slip, at least in most of the USA...while it is perfectly legal on a boat that is on a mooring. Also, the boat on a mooring is able to swing and point into the wind, which can make the cabin far more comfortable, since you can more easily control the ventilation on the boat. Also, the open companionway will generally be protected from the rain on a mooring, since the boat will be facing into the wind, which is often not the case on a boat in a slip.

The areas of comparison are cost, safety, convenience, comfort... A properly installed and maintained mooring wins on cost, safety, comfort, but is a bit less convenient.
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I'd point out that using a stern-rail mounted grill is illegal at a slip, at least in most of the USA...while it is perfectly legal on a boat that is on a mooring. .
It's permitted in most marinas along the Texas Gulf.
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Well, the rules weren't really enforced until we had a couple of boats burn/explode last summer. That kind of kicked enforcement in to high gear..
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We have grills and picnic tables on the covered part of the docks.
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What are the restrictions on making your own mooring? I'm fortunate enough to live on the oceanfront and there are a few (rarely used) boats moored in the bay. It would certainly reduce my sailing budget, well OK, allow me to buy more toys, if I could moor up for free and just get a dingy to get out to her.
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Depends on where you are located and what local laws are. In some communities, being a resident entitles you to mooring rights. I did this at my sister's house and for a whopping $25/year to the village hall I was entitled to deploy my own mooring for the season.
I suggest you check with your local town/village/council clerks office to find out IF you can (legally), and where.
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Thanks Caleb, I did some more searching and it seems as long as the buoys etc are not in a shipping lane and comply with Transport Canada/CCG regs then you can pretty much do what you want. I can't seem to find if there are any local restrictions. All fairly irrelevant at the moment anyway as I don't yet have a boat.
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We like the mooring best for many reasons:

Easy to sail on and off short handed. Boat is head-to-wind and sails go up and down without a hassle...even single handed.

Fewer lines to deal with...in a slip you need Breast and Springs lines on both sides with enough scope to ride the tide (so you don't find you boat hanging from its lines).

Pain in the butt to come and go...dodge other boats, navigat narrow passages with an engine that pulls to port in reverse...etc. Means fewer sailing days...easier to put around from the dock.

The boat is just happier on a mooring.

Better ventilation in hot weather...put up a wind-scoop.

Better visibility...no big power boats flanking you and ruining your visibility...

and many more, but it's late and can't think any more.

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Why has no-one mentioned?

I am a huge fan of moorings over marinas, the sailors slum. However I NEVER trust a mooring I didn't build or inspect before using. Chains rust, ropes rot and some are just not up to the challenge of holding either a 30,000 pound boat, or a bleach bottle depending on how old/insufficient it really is. In addition to how well it is built you also have to be careful about how you lead your lines. I built a "Bomb Proof" mooring a few years ago, and had complete faith in it. I was the week link. I led the two 3/4'' lines that connected to two 3/8'' chains by a massive galvanised swivel, through my hawse pipes and onto a solid post. That was my undoing. In a storm, 72 knot gusts recorded nearby, the lines chafed through at the pipes. I had chafe gear in place, leather and exhaust hose. Had I led the lines over the bow roller I would have been fine. Instead I had a winter in a boat yard and a big insurance premium increase. All that said if you don't know for a fact that the mooring you are about to tie to is in good shape, drop your anchor, thats what they are there for, just use lots of scope.

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