I just got back from a cruise
to New england
. I had to cut it short as I was starting to run out of money
getting moorings. I find it annoying pulling in at 6 or 7 at night and having to get a mooring
when I have a perfectly good anchor
and am leaveing at 5 the next morning and haveing to pay anywhere from 30 to 60 dollars. I would normally go over on the beach for dinner but having spent all my money
on the mooring
I stay on board.
In other places where there are private moorings I found about 40 percent not even being used. It is just a way to keep you from anchoring
. In one place we saw a boat
that had 2 moorings. One in one place and another one in another place.
In one place a Harbor of Refuge the town was allowed to take it over and put in a marina, no anchoring
allowed and $2.25 a ft.
Some of these moorings are owned by businesses and rented out, they are going to be hurting the marinas
as they have just about no overhead. The days of taking you wife out for dinner is going to go by the wayside as it becomes expensive paying $50 for a mooring for a couple hours and buying
dinner. There were many towns that had no anchoring laws also forcing you to get a mooring. I thought those laws had been found to be illegal.
Does anyone else have any thoughts on this, or may be I'm just venting.