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OldBerkshireBoy

Dredging Moorings.

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Hi,

Was enquireing about buying a mooring this week and one thing that was mentioned was "As the owner you would be responsible for dredging the mooring".

So the question is, is this correct and how easy/ hard is it too do or find somebody to do it? 

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I think what you would need is a "River Contractor" 

They usually do Quay heading, dredging etc

Google search maybe? Local press, word of mouth etc 

Good luck! 

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I would think (though not sure) that you were misinformed. If you`re buying a mooring from a marina, boatyard, or even a land owner, i would say (again not sure) that the land owners, be it the marina operators or boatyard owners etc, would be responsible to see said mooring is up to a usable standard, and is fit for purpose. Unless it primarily states it`s a drying mooring, then it`s reasonable to assume it`s deep water at all times?. It`s worth asking if this is their responsibility possibly in law?. I think you would be very wise to investigate this, and see what the law is?.

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If you are actually buying a mooring, i.e. freehold, then yes you probably would be responsible for dredging , but off the top of my head I can think of few moorings that come up for sale other than at St Olaves.

Elsewhere you would be leasing them, from a landowner and that would be the responsibility of the Lessor - otherwise he is not leasing a mooring but for half the time a pile of mud !! In a marina its pretty obvious as you don't actually own anything other than the right to moor there for a stated period -  and its obviously the marina owners responsibility. 

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Thanks, St.Olaves are selling half their moorings spaces at Beccles, moorings are freehold but the access to the moorings are leased with conditions attached.

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8 minutes ago, marshman said:

If you are actually buying a mooring, i.e. freehold, then yes you probably would be responsible for dredging , but off the top of my head I can think of few moorings that come up for sale other than at St Olaves.

Elsewhere you would be leasing them, from a landowner and that would be the responsibility of the Lessor - otherwise he is not leasing a mooring but for half the time a pile of mud !! In a marina its pretty obvious as you don't actually own anything other than the right to moor there for a stated period -  and its obviously the marina owners responsibility. 

Yes, sorry Marshman, i should have used the "rent" rather than "buy". Also, you make the point really well about freehold which i did`nt think of.

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2 hours ago, Pumpmedic said:

Thanks, St.Olaves are selling half their moorings spaces at Beccles, moorings are freehold but the access to the moorings are leased with conditions attached.

I would check St Olaves,the tide goes out at times fairly low.It happens at times at our moorings in Brundall. For me I would not go down the road of a single plot moorings. At our moorings we have loos ,showers, fuel etc and there is always people around to keep an eye on boats.

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51 minutes ago, Chelsea14Ian said:

I would check St Olaves,the tide goes out at times fairly low.It happens at times at our moorings in Brundall. For me I would not go down the road of a single plot moorings. At our moorings we have loos ,showers, fuel etc and there is always people around to keep an eye on boats.

I fully agree with you, we all tend to keep a look out on most of the marinas.

Regards

Alan

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