Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Re: Move from slip to mooring ball
My boat has been on moorings since 2004 (but hauled in the fall and re-launched in the spring).
Unless there is something seriously wrong with your boat, your batteries should be fine if you are on the boat and using it once a month. The bilge pump usage should be very minor, if not, fix the leak instead of adding more power for the bilge pump. Of course you can't run the fridge or have air conditioning, but leaving the boat with all electrical loads off should be fine. Make sure you use the engine enough to charge batteries before you leave and you should be fine.
Another advantage of moorings:
It's much easier to get on and off a mooring then into and out of dock. You are always approaching upwind, so no side winds to worry about. Getting off is also easy. I usually raise my mainsail on the mooring, then drop the pendant and go.
Disadvantage of mooring:
If you are going on a trip you need to row out to the boat, move the boat to a dock, and then load all the gear. And at the end, you need to do the reverse. Same thing if you need to load water and other supplies.
All in all, I'm happy with being on a mooring.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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