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Many of us prefer moorings. I would much rather be on my mooring in a severe storm than 90% of the docks out there. As for cleaning the bottom you can dive anywhere, mooring or slip. For charging a solar panel or wind gen will keep the batts topped up.
Draw backs might include no running water for washing the boat, getting to and from the boat and no shore power.
Benefits include less wear & tear on the hull from fender & dock chafe, privacy and the ability to sail on and off the mooring and never having to run the motor for a short time then shut it down, which is not god for engine longevity. Also high storm security if you have the proper mooring and chafe gear. Some marinas will be better protected than a mooring but IMHO having been up and down the entire East coast, marinas are far and few between. Docks and pilings can do a number on boat hulls...
Above all else it boils down to personal preference. Many marina's remind me of glorified trailer parks so I prefer the privacy of my mooring but that does not mean everyone will...
Pros & cons to each....
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 01-29-2010 at 08:47 AM.