Yet whilst the idea of travelling to new and beautiful locations by boat is very appealing, there are a number of considerations that one has to make if you’re thinking about buying a boat.
A Quick Guide To Finding Permanent Moorings For Your Boat
So if you are making the exciting decision to purchase a boat, then it’s essential that you have secured a permanent mooring before doing anything else.
Here is a quick guide outlining a few of the considerations you need to make when finding a permanent mooring for your boat.
Choosing the Perfect UK Waterway for Your Boat Mooring
First thing’s first, you need to think about which waterway and area you’d like your boat to be based.
Are you planning to buy your boat as a means of permanent residency? If so then you might need to think about being located close to your work, family and friends. Yet if your boat will only be for trips and holidays then you might prefer to moor your boat further afield.
In terms of selecting a waterway to moor your boat, you’ll also need to think about the size of the boat and ensure that it’ll be able to fit through the locks on the waterways as recommended by The Inland Waterways Association.
Make sure you also take a look at the area surrounding the waterway and assess what local eateries or shops are close by. Even if you’d rather be situated in a quieter and more secluded area, it’s good to check that there are still some shops close by for you to pick up some essentials.
Take a look at the Waterways route map to help give you an idea as to what moorings are available once you’ve selected a potential area that you think could be suitable.
Click the link above to access a full download of the map below
Offline Vs. Online Boat Moorings
Offline moorings, such as marinas, can be described as larger purpose-built water spaces that tend to be run by businesses.
Although these can tend to be more expensive than online moorings, the facilities associated with offline moorings can often be a great advantage including toilets, showers, electricity, coal, gas and Wi-Fi. Further benefits to marinas may also include boatyards and even security systems to help prevent vandalism and crime.
P&A French Moorings, a family run business in West Mersea, Essex is located close to two chandleries, sail makers and two boat yard, as well as offering two local yacht clubs and even several campsites close by. The fantastic facilities on moorings such as this one can often be a big draw for boat owners looking to find a permanent mooring.
Located mainly along the main line of canals, online moorings tend to be run by the navigation authority, yet local farmers who have decided to set up moorings along their land may also offer online mooring.
The fact that there tend to be fewer facilities with online moorings means that they can often be cheaper as opposed to offline moorings.
The opportunity to be able to enjoy moorings located in perhaps more picturesque and scenic locations can make this option more of an attractive prospect for those who’d like to be amongst nature.
Boat club moorings could be either online or offline and often tend to have clubhouses as well as organised social events. The opportunity to be able to mix with others and take part in social activities can be an advantage for people who would enjoy being part of a community.
If your intention for buying a boat is to permanently live on it, then there are few other things that you’ll need to think about.
As residential moorings do not necessarily carry planning approval for residential use, this means that you’ll have to obtain advice before using the mooring as your sole primary residence.
Whilst there are lots of considerations to make when deciding to purchase a boat, selecting the right permanent mooring for both your boats’ and own personal needs is very important. It will take time, but with the right amount of research, this will help you to find the right mooring for you.
Visit P&A French Moorings at www.merseaislandmoorings.co.uk to learn more