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Re: Mooring dance - Would you do this?
I did this with a sister of mine who lived in a community with mooring rights. The boat was a 19' Lightning day sailor though and even though I never got her name onto any of the paperwork there were no issues with the village issuing the mooring permit (for $25/year resident fee). This area of Long Island, near Huntington, NY did not have a waiting list for mooring permits though.
Even if you could make the paperwork pass muster, the liability issues with the hypothetical arrangement you propose are potentially a bit murky if something did go wrong. I'm not sure I see the benefit to the property owner in your scenario unless they happen to like sailing as there are potential liabilities they might face due to your boat. On the other hand I'd bet good money that situations like you propose are not as uncommon as you might think.
Without intimate knowledge of the intricacies of mooring rights in the area you are looking at it is a bit difficult to say.
Are there other harbors (even out of NH) where you could pay a non-resident mooring fee and keep your boat there? (You are going to need a pretty big mushroom anchor for a Bristol 38' though).
Are there yacht or boat clubs you could join that have control over their own mooring fields? Joining a club might be the easy (but perhaps more expensive) solution.
There may be no easy and cheap solution as in some parts of the US the mooring area real estate is either limited, expensive or both.
If you think a mooring is going to cost you - have you priced the price per foot for a slip?
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