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Re: sailboats tied to Buoys
justflie pretty much summed it up. Your local HarborMaster or Marine patrol would be able to give you the specific answer for your area. Each municipality makes there own.
Generally, you can assume the moorings are owned by a marina or town and available to rent for the season or for a short period (transient). Often, the rentals will have the name and/or phone number/channel to contact the marina. However, unless you know it is first come, first serve, you should call in advance. There are also many cruising guides that give details on which are which.
As far as setting your own mooring, that can be variable too, but typically restricted in some form. You may need to be a resident, you may need to pay a fee. You may not. You have to research.
If you set your own, it would be foolish not to use good tackle and inspect it annually. However, not all do. Keep that in mind when renting one as well.
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