New mooring scheme would help weekenders
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