THE CURRENT AUCTION system is on the way out for most of the Canal & River Trust’s directly managed longterm moorings – and a switch to a new moorings website featuring ‘buy it now’ options is the latest part of the switchover.
The ‘eBay style’ online auction system was brought in some years ago by the former British Waterways in the face of opposition from boating organisations who believed it would push prices up. While it is being retained in high demand areas, most berths will now have a fixed-price ‘buy now’ option.
The new website watersidemooring.com replaces the crtmoorings.com site – all users registered for the old site have been transferred. As with the old site, the new one will allow users to ‘watch’ particular mooring sites and receive email notifications of available berths. There’s also information about the moorings and a map of all available berths.
Jenny Whitehall, of CRT’s Directly Managed Moorings, said the new site was “packed full of information to help boaters find the perfect spot” and “a big change from the old site” and the Trust hoped boaters would find it easier to navigate. Brave the Shave. Long-term moorer, and former cancer sufferer Mick Haylor ( pictured) had a large audience for his shave and raised £ 634, which went towards the final total of £2,236 raised from the event.