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Old 18 March 2010, 13:30   #1
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Hi Folks,

I'll start by apologising for almost certainly making an ***** of myself, but I'm way out of my depth and in need of some advice.

I've just bought a small inflatable and matching outboard and am hoping to use it for a little fishing and generally pottering about in the Fowey estuary in the summer.

I don't know anything about boating etiquette so any advice would be welcome, but specifically I would be grateful if someone could let me know how visitor moorings work.

I understand that you buy a weekly permit from the Harbour Master, but what do you get for that in terms of a mooring and would it be accessible without having to swim to it!!??

Also, am I naive in thinking I will be able to safely leave my boat overnight tied to a mooring (I have a lock for the outboard).

Thanks for your time.

BH
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Old 18 March 2010, 13:56   #2
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Welcome BH

The more local chaps than myslef can comment on security but for your size of boat why bother with a mooring. Attach a set of launching wheels and you can get to most places without worryning about slips, moorings etc.

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Old 18 March 2010, 14:00   #3
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Hi Ian,

Thanks for the reply.

My problem is that the house we have rented has nowhere to store the boat (booking the house came before buying the boat...), so I'm going to have to moor it, unless I deflate and inflate everyday... Will look at launching wheels as they my well be handy anyway.

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Old 18 March 2010, 14:14   #4
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How about a big iron bar hammered into the ground chain and padlock?
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Old 18 March 2010, 15:21   #5
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Hi Blockhouse. People who use moorings generally have a small inflatable tender on board which they use to get ashore. A mooring I would think was probably a bit overkill for your boat. If you get an electric pump inflating and deflating it won't take much time or effort at all. Alternatively you could get a small trailer to transport the boat on - you could then keep it with your car outside the house at night.
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Old 18 March 2010, 18:39   #6
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Thanks for the replies fellas.

I'm sure I'll find away to work things with the advice given.

Cheers

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Old 19 March 2010, 04:50   #7
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We did a week at Fowey last year with our RIB, fabulous place to have a boat.

In the town on both sides there are numerous pontoons. You can tie up a small inflatable over night with no worries. There are usually lots there and have never heard of one being taken. Its great for family as they can get on and off very easily.

Alternatively, up by the car ferry, there is a small car park, where again a small boat could be left overnight, but you would need to drag or carry it up.

There are some "locals" on here who will give you better advice.

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Old 19 March 2010, 06:20   #8
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Thanks Steve,

Looks like some ways round we'll be ok.

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