Thursday, 20 November 2014


Despite the new mooring rules rolled out last year, to ensure that everybody gets a’ fair share’ of visitor moorings at honey pot sites, people are still mooring leaving huge spaces between boats.

This is not only wasteful of the limited space available, but disrespectful of other boaters. Often boaters cite privacy as the reason, theirs or the other boaters, but what privacy? When you are inside your boat you have all the privacy you need,. If you need more privacy go home!

At Thrupp wasteful mooring can take up enough space to moor another 120 feet of boats.

I have moored on rings already in use and the user has come out and complained, not understanding the problem he is causing. We do not have the luxury of space. If you want to moor and have privacy then you should moor out in the country, I know I do when I want ‘privacy’. If you want to moor in congested places then your privacy goes out of the window. Don’t be precious about privacy, If it’s privacy you want feck off and buy an island.

Maybe a graphic like these two could be placed at the said honey pot sites to encourage sharing rings or bollards rather than wasting 20-30 foot spaces between boats.


bollard It is our job to make the best of what we have, but wasting space is unnecessary and absolutely selfish.


Naughty-Cal said...

I like those 30ft gaps left between boats. They are big enough to sneak Naughty-Cal into!

Anonymous said...

We always moor right on the end of allocated moorings,or share rings etc with other boats. Once, after mooring up, the irate boater in front moved his boat one ring length away, sad person. Often we see 20-30 foot gaps, but feel we cannot move other peoples boats to make a gap for ourselves.
Sometimes if folks are aboard they will move if asked politely. We would also do this for others, or let them breast up. nb Oakfield

Lisa said...

These signs are great, week designed Maffi. I really can't see the problem with sharing rings, we routinely moor up button to button in popular places. When we have had enough of crowds then we moor up in the countryside. No brainer.

Graham said...

As someone who has only had a few hire boat holidays, but always strives to be a good neighbour I can appreciate this discussion from both sides.

When I fist started I was never told during the hand over that it was important to moor tightly together or share rings. The result was that I always used to leave a gap and always felt guilty when I had to squeeze into a gap and, as I thought then, impinge upon someone else's space.

From what I read on the blogs there are some selfish people around but many transgressors will be people like me.

Perhaps CRT could be asked to request that the hire companies include mooring etiquette in their handover briefing.

Perhaps too they could be asked to use these excellent designs for signs at busy mooring places.

If there are signs then it is easier to ask other boats to close up.

Great idea Maffi

Marilyn McDonald said...

Absolutely agree with you, Maffi.

Tramper said...

I see CRT is planning to send out "Welcome to moor alongside" stickers with the licences in future. I foresee wonderful confrontations ensuing. If some people can't stand to share a mooring ring, how will they feel about breasting up?!

Malcolm said...

Hi Maffi
Excellent signs!
I think you should send a sample to CRT so they can print them and send them out with the "Welcome To Moor Alongside" stickers.

Maffi said...

Dicky you are sick!

Jaqueline Biggs said...

We don't have any problems sharing rings or mooring up close to other boats during the busy season or in in honeys spots; we do not appreciate it when boats moor up button-to-button with us when we --are the only boat moored in a quiet rural site and there is room for another 6 boats to moor nearby. Consideration for other boaters with due context for the situation (time of year and mooring spots)is required.