Originally Posted by Vasco
As for Titusville, I would be concerned re upkeep of the moorings. The field has been there for about two years and last spring, when I was there, a few of the buoys were missing. This leads me to thinking about how well they`re being maintained.
If I park my boat somewhere I'll definitely ask them about the maintenance
. When I was in Annapolis
, they were pulling the moorings up and had a diver checking them too. Maybe they're helical or something, can't really remember. I replace my top chain every few years, even after cutting the rusted stuff out more frequently til it gets too short. I don't like to tie up to unknown gear
, from maintaining a mooring for some years now I know it takes regular work and $$. more than you think with good chain, Crosby shackles, new floats... I think up north they do a better job of it, with harbormasters that oversee it. Not sure how they're handling them in FL or even Carolina Beach in their new field.
ShaktisBoy, I definitely need a mooring for leaving it unattended. I wonder how practical to set a mooring and leave it unattended for much of the year? I'm sure people would squat on it, and having to kick someone off my mooring is unappealing, not even sure what side the law would fall on.
In my ideal world I'd have a mooring set in Maine
, NC, and GA/FL. That's a lot of gear
to keep up with, but I can think of some ways to make it disappear while I'm away. I need to make some friends in ME and GA/FL that'll keep an eye on my moored boat while I'm off farming.... which really requires nothing. My boat is self tending on the mooring. Actually know someone in North Haven, ME that worked on my farm, just remembered that... Isolated spots with 5' low water
are ideal, because it's too shallow for most boats to want to anchor
. I got the scheel keel
on my 88 Pacific Seacraft
for that reason, so I can tuck back in places with my 4' draft
. Anchoring/mooring, particularly in populated coastal areas, isn't getting any more fun-loving or free. ShaktisBoy, good to know that there are still places one can set their own gear and live reasonably - West PAlm is not a place I would have regarded as such. Living on a mooring is definitely not for everyone, but neither is the marina.