Join Date: May 2014
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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Re: Anchoring /mooring question - thoughts
Where I live and sail, only the very very rich have slips. Everyone else has a mooring that requires us also to have a dinghy to get out to it. The moorings are regulated by the local municipality as to maintenance, and have to be verified as safe.
You don't rent these moorings, because the are owned. I paid about $1000 for mine, and this year I had to pay an additional 270 bucks for maintenance(beyond the $135 normal fee) since the galvanized 1/2 inch chain was no longer galvanized and had worn down to 1/8 of an inch in some spots. Mine is currently at my yacht club which is on the coast in Frenchman's Bay. I also pay an additional $150 a year to be able to have it there so I can access the dock, and the clubhouse. i may pay to have it moved, but i will still pay the maintenance fee, and the town tax for it, just not the additional fee to have it at my yacht club. The main reason for moving would be that the field at the club is rather large(45 boats) and my mooring about 1000 feet from the dock. This is a bit long for rowing a beamy Walker Bay RID, and so needs an outboard; and also to take the boat out of the water I have to truck 6 miles to get to a ramp.
There are plenty of places to anchor but you don't just take a mooring unless you have talked to the Harbor Master first since you can get in a heap of trouble for taking someone's mooring---its called theft, and the harbor police will be involved. We also have to register them with the town and pay a $35 fee.