Experience required to moor this vessel!
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?
PILE MOORING, poles capped in green
SWING MOORING, buoy marks the mooring