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6 of the Best...End of garden moorings

Over the next seven days up to a thousand boats will participate in the annual Cowes Week sailing regatta. With competitors and spectators flocking to the Isle of Wight to join in the festivities, the British weather is clearly no barrier to our love of water based pursuits – according to the British Marine Federation, British households own more than one million boats or watersports craft.

For many boat owners, a property with a mooring available is the ideal, however the types of mooring and their terms and conditions differ greatly, depending on who owns the rights and of course the type of boat. For instance, while sailing boats are better suited to deep water moorings, a tidal mooring may be just the ticket for a boat which is happy to rest on its side.

It's important to bear in mind that a mooring is not a private freehold as it is laid on fundus (the seabed), therefore it will not necessarily belong to the property adjacent, but more likely to the harbour authority. Buyers will usually have to apply to the local harbour authority as part of the house purchase to secure use of the mooring, which is a relatively straightforward process with minor additional cost.

If you are fortunate enough to have scope for a mooring platform or landing stage at the end of your garden this may also require planning permission.

The following six properties all come with opportunities for your own private berth or mooring.


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