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Residential or annual moorings

I want to live on a boat and also cruise occasionally. If I can't find a residential mooring will I bo OK to moor on an annual basis. If I do that, do I have to spend a certain time away from the mnooring or could I stay there permanently (for the year that is)

Asked by: Chris Hunt  | 12.54am, Friday 24 September

WW says:

I am not sure I really understand what you intend to do but if you only want to cruise occasionally, you will have to find a permanent mooring in order to license the boat.
Some operators of marinas and linear mooring sites allow owners to live on their boats and, if you can find one of these, you can stay as long as you like and go off cruising when you like. However, these moorings are not that plentiful and are generally more expensive than moorings for recreational boats.
Mooring on the towpath for long periods of time is not an option unless you want to be visited by BW's enforcement officers.

Graham Booth  | 7.25PM, Thursday 30 September

It would really be up to the marina operator but, if he did not allow residential moorings and you were living on the boat while it was moored for long periods between cruises, I would not have thought that you could occupy a non-residential mooring.
Annual moorings are moorings which you agree to rent for a year. They could be residential or non-residential depending on whether the marina operator allowed residential moorings or not.

Graham Booth  | 6.58PM, Friday 1 October

Readers say:

That would be my intention - have a permanent base and cruise occasionally. Would I have to have a residential mooring or could I use one of the annual moorings that many marinas seem to have. I'm not sure what the marinas mean by annual moorings - i.e., are they residential or not.

Chris Hunt  | 12.26PM, Friday 1 October

That's great
Thank you

Chris Hunt  | 9.18PM, Friday 1 October

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