A berth is a place where a vessel is moored on water. Imagine a car and a car parking space, except with a vessel on water it’s tied up to something. A berth is is also called a slip or a mooring. A berth can be leased for a set period of time, say 30 years or for a casual daily rate. For the recreational boatie a vessel maybe moored in a marina or in a swing mooring or on a hard stand or dry stack.
SLIP: same as BERTH or a MOORING meaning a space where a vessel is moored.
HARD STAND: cradle/storage for your vessel on land, usually for short term for maintenance/repairs
DRY STACK: under cover storage on land for your vessel. Less exposure to the elements for the hull and engine.
SWING MOORING: same as SINGLE POINT MOORING, or SIMPLE MOORING meaning a mooring with a single anchoring system for a vessel. The vessel will swing around with the movement of the tide and wind. A dinghy is required to access your vessel.
DOUBLE MOORING: same as TWIN MOORING and FORE and AFT MOORING means a pair of swing moorings, allows for denser mooring of vessels. A dinghy is required to access your vessel.
PILE MOORING: a mooring where the vessel is tied to wooden pole or post, common only in New Zealand. A dinghy is required to access your vessel.
MARINA BERTH: a mooring where the vessel is tied to a pier. Sometimes there is a finger pier along one side the vessel. A finger pier is a smaller pier connecting a larger pier. Vessel can come without finger, one finger or finger piers on both sides of the vessel (rare).
The more I learn about boats the more questions I seem to have. Okay so the marina berth is the most secure and the swing mooring the least. So how do you attach your vessel to a swing mooring without doing damage to your vessel in bad weather? Rope or chain or a little of both? How long is just the right length? What is the depth at high tide and low tide? Is there a huge difference between tide depth? How often is the mooring checked? Whose responsibility is it to maintain the mooring? Which knot is best to secure a vessel to a pier? Do you use a different knot if it is a pile mooring? What is the difference between securing a vessel in a marina and a pile mooring? Where do you park your car while you are out sailing? How do you transport your supplies to the vessel? How many days do you plan for?