In 4 years of full-time cruising Connecticut to Bahamas
, I agree that usually there is no problem & we've never been charged extra for our 23' width. The ICW is especially easy, as the majority of marinas have very long face docks where they put most transients.
However, there are some situations where it does become an issue in the northeast as well as the Bahamas
. With many marinas which have conventional slips, you'll need a T-head which are limited.
- In one case in CT (a T-head for a season) they charged by the length of the dock
- not the boat - but that is un-common for transients.
- In some busy northeast harbors we've been told they just don't take catamarans (even though I know they had a couple of T-heads).
- A Nassau
marina (with no T-heads) had to put us into a large (70') boat slip just to have the width - yet they put us off & left it empty for 2 days - finally letting us take it - I think they wanted to wait for a 70' boat to take it (makes sense).
As no serious issues, but ...