That was my first thought - there is a pub/ restaurant right across the road, (the Hawes Inn) and from memory about 3(?) years ago when I went to PE and they were re-concreting the slip they sent me there and told me to keep off the left hand side, 'coz thats the side the lifeboat uses. I checked with the Lifeboat bods in the shop and they said no problem, just keep the ramp clear. I would imagine rafting up on the side or all mooring off & someone shuttle us in one boat that we leave off the side shouldn't cause too much hassle. As my toobs are past their best I don't mind leaving mine alongside - another scuff or two isn't going to matter.
Alternatively if anyone has a dinghy, only one of us needs to row ashore & park the dinghy out the way - if we even need to anchor off?
Anyone know the setup more intimately?
Alternatively is there not a cafe / pub in North Q'ferry where you don't have the lifeboat blocking problem?