In the UK anchoring
as an alternative to a permanent mooring
is now unheard of, though it used to happen. In the 1950s Sir Francis Chichester kept a boat on two anchors in the Beaulieu River, leaving it unattended for days or weeks at a time. The river is now full of moorings, and the anchoring
space near the mouth is not sheltered enough to leave a boat for long. A permanent mooring
or a marina berth is the only option, unless you can find a very sheltered spot AND know exactly what you're doing.
I get the impression that moorings, as opposed to walk-ashore Marina berths (slips?) are unusual in the US. Here we have many marinas
, the highest priced facility, then several grades of mooring from alongside pontoons to drying swinging moorings, which can be very cheap
. It's also possible to lay your own moorings in some areas. Good luck.
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