Interesting thead. It seems like quite a few of you guys are literally 'imprisoned' on your boats.
It's not an easy choice, but I do not necessarily consider marinas
safer... maybe with regard to criminals, if you're in such an area, but I 've seen quite a few boats damaged in marinas
during gales and as far as I know, the staff didn't do anything to deal with it. (chafed lines are not THAT difficult to deal with) In fact, the staff dindn't even act when other boat-owners told them their neighbour boat was about to climb their own.
We have left the boat at anchor several times for day trips on shore and +5 weeks at anchor (sheltered place in favoured season) with fellow crusiers baby-sitting it while we were away.
We DO trust our ground tackle, sometimes people comment on a BIG hook at our bow, but we sleep well at night even if 2-3 full gales at anchor during the last winter kept us maintaining anchor watches.
Like everything else, one makes one's choices...