Originally Posted by richrich
Marina issue for me is it is 8am - 6pm in summer and I want to use it in the evenings after 6. If you come back afetr 6 when they are closed, they charge you £12 a night visitor fee at mooring and you have to be back the next morning to recover else they charge another £18 for removing it for you!!!! (on top of the £1200 you have paid for the boat park)
I use a similar set-up to this in Essex, except the summer times are 9am to 5pm (5.30pm if you push them). Yes, on some summer days its a pain having to get back before they close, or more on a pontoon / buoy if they've already closed, but how many times a year is that situation going to arise?
If you add up the costs of launching yourself (boat storage elsewhere if not at home, fuel at towing MPG, launching fees, car park fees for the car and trailer while you're out), I don't think they'll be far off the £1200 you've been quoted.
Also, you tend to get more time out on the boat with park and ride. Just chuck the kit in the car, rock up at the boat and ask them to launch you. Less time spent at either end of the trip mucking around hitching up and launching yourself etc.