New moor­ing scheme would help week­enders

Canal Boat - - Letters -

I READ with in­ter­est Steve Hay­wood’s col­umn in the April is­sue propos­ing that mari­nas could have re­cip­ro­cal moor­ing ar­range­ments so that week­ender boaters may travel the sys­tem more ex­ten­sively by leav­ing their boat at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions be­tween vis­its.

I sup­pose each ma­rina could also pro­vide a pool car for a small charge to en­able a boater to re­turn to their start­ing point to re­trieve their car.

A great idea in the­ory but I fear it wouldn’t be work­able as it may be too com­pli­cated to ar­range and ad­min­is­ter. But that wouldn’t mean that mari­nas couldn’t of­fer the ser­vice in­di­vid­u­ally. How­ever, great idea that it is, I fear the cost may be too pro­hib­i­tive to make it an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion. Be­sides which, the ma­jor­ity of week­ender boaters are happy to keep their boat in one place and travel to their moor­ing to chill out for their week­ends. It would be a change of scene from be­ing in the house, a nice lit­tle trip out on the boat for a few hours or days, and the op­tion to ex­plore the sur­round­ing area in their car.

Then once they have had enough of that lo­ca­tion they move their boat to another part of the coun­try and do the same from there for a year or so. Ten years ago when moor­ings were at a pre­mium this prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble but th­ese days there are plenty of moor­ings avail­able around the coun­try to have the ca­pac­ity for week­enders to do this. BOB NEWEY, via email

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