HOW DO WE GET MOORING PERMISSION?
Q I am buying a cabin cruiser whose current owner has no home mooring and has 14 days before he has to move on. We know someone who owns a canalside property where we can moor, but we will have to obtain the property details, written permission of the owner, purchase a licence, insurance etc. What can we do with the boat while waiting for the person with mooring rights to sort the documentation for me? HAVANACHOW, via the CB website
A TONY REPLIES: There is a question over the property owner getting permission for an ‘end of garden’ mooring from CRT and the price they/you will have to pay. This is unlikely to be free. The property owner will have to apply for the mooring rights and then negotiate with you. The negotiations are unlikely to be swift, so talk to CRT to see if they can extend the temporary 14-day period for you. If not, move on to another 14-day mooring but adhere to the CRT guidance for those without a home mooring – and remember this means you cannot shuffle backwards and forwards between two points. Alternatively, take a temporary berth in a marina, private moorings, or a CRT long-term mooring. You need insurance now and a licence not long afterwards: register as continuous cruising (no home mooring) and change it later when you get a mooring.