Mooring securely

mooring

Swing Mooring, Pile Mooring or Marina Berth?
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SWING MOORING

Suitable for boat up to 40′ (12m) or thereabouts but could be used for boat up to 60′ (18m)
The weight is proportional to the size of the boat
Mooring is inspected every three years or more often depending on the council regulations
Mooring Inspection Certificate required
Locate a mooring thinking about the tidal range, spring tide, winds, bottom conditions, low tide conditions, Does it dry out?
A new mooring can be laid or an existing mooring can be bought/rented
Mostly Council Owned but there are some privately owned swing mooring

COSTS: prices will vary depending on location and date (40’/12m boat example)
Access of Use (Buy): NZ$1600-$2000 for a new mooring
Annual Fee: NZ$202.40 (council owned)
Transfer of Ownership: NZ$50 (if buying an existing mooring)
Mooring Inspection: NZ$200+
OR
Rent: NZ$70-100/month

PROs
Economical
Easy to moor/launch

CONs
No power
No fresh water washing hoses
To access the boat you need to travel by dinghy
Exposure to the elements
Possibility of coming lose in a storm
Possibility of neighbouring boat coming lose
Security monitoring lower
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PILE MOORING
suitable for boats 40′ – 60′ (12-16m)
Pile fenders can be placed
Mostly council owned but there are some privately owned swing mooring

COSTS: prices will vary depending on location and date (40’/12m boat example)
Access of Use (Buy): None available, waiting list(council owned)
Annual Fee: NZ$747.50
Transfer of Ownership: NZ$50 (if buying an existing mooring)
OR
Rent: NZ$294.50/month (privately owned)

PROs
Economical, cheaper than a marina berth, yet more expensive than a swing mooring

CONs
No power
No fresh water washing hoses
To access the boat you need to travel by dinghy
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MARINA BERTH
suitable for boats 27′ and above (8m and above)
Dock wheels can be fitted
Corner fenders can be fitted
Side fenders can be fitted to finger
Dinghy rack can be fitted to finger
Electrical Warrant of Fitness Certificate required to hook up to 240v at power outlet (valid for 4 years), cost NZ$80

COSTS: prices will vary depending on location and date (40’/12m boat example)
Access of Use (Buy): NZ$20,000 and up (privately owned)
Annual Fee: NZ$$3,600 and up
Transfer of Ownership: 1,440 or thereabouts
OR
Rent: NZ$$600/month and up (privately owned)
$540 in Bayswater
$623.10 in Westhaven
$531 in Westpark
$805.50 in Orakei
$480 in Gulf Harbour (as at 2008)
$520 in Pine Harbour
$558 in Half Moon Bay
$510 in Opua
$780 in Waikawa, Havelock and Picton but that is visitor rates, contact office for lease rates

PROs
Power
Fresh water hose access
Access to boat via finger or pier
Security cameras and security guards
More sheltered from the elements
Live aboard option
Berth holder car parking
WiFi access
laundry services
rubbish bins
close to self service fuel station
sheltered from waves by a breakwater

CONs
More expensive than both swing mooring and pile mooring
If Buying/Access of Use the contract is a leasehold and will most likely be valid for 10-30years (dependent on when you purchase) then at the end of the lease you will need to repurchase
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If you have suggestions or corrections, do tell.

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