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sitting on keel at low tide
I can think of more negatives than positives to this type of moorage. How many other sticks in the marina with you? As I enter a new marine or mooring, either by land or water, I always search the sky for sticks and note if they are grouped together.
A couple of things to consider:
1) Type of bottom - coral? sand? clay/silt? The clay/silt type bottoms sometimes will grab the hull and be a bear to break loose on the fill.
2) Wakes- Is the mooring/slip subject to the wakes of passing boat traffic? Wake forces on a keel immobilized vessel can generate a lot of stress on the keel root and rudder tube stocks.
3) Must be hell on bottom paint!!
Would be curious what you find as to "local custom".