How to choose the mooring of your boat? We write from the Marina of Empuriabrava, in the heart of the Costa Brava, between Cadaqués and Begur, where coves and sumptuous ports overlap.
We have reviewed the points that arise most frequently when accompanying our clients in order to find the best mooring for them. The list presented is not exhaustive, we invite you to share with us the important points for you when choosing your berth. On the other hand, some of the points will be very important, others not so much. Finally, we will leave the subject of moorings and ropes for another time.
Choose the mooring place for your boat: access
One of the first important things to consider when choosing a mooring for your boat is evaluating accessibility.
Is the mooring place easily accessible by land? Some ports offer moorings on a floating pontoon. This can represent both advantages and disadvantages… Is the mooring accessible by car? This can be useful when it comes time to unload your luggage ...
Last but not least, is it easy to dock? Here in the Marina of Empuriabrava, we often have difficulty mooring a boat in place ... Depending on the sailing equipment of the boat, this can represent a real burden.
Choosing the mooring place for your boat: safety
Security and therefore having a free spirit is a real affordable luxury to be granted. Especially if you live far away.
Today, many ports and marinas offer 24/7 assistance, with a guard and restricted access. Imagine a power outage in the middle of the night… It's nice to have someone you can trust, right?
Choosing the berth for your boat: the equipment
Whether your boat is super well equipped or not, it is very comfortable to be able to moor and trust in a nice dock and in the harbor master. Good accessibility to water, electricity, WiFi ... Being close to the port captaincy and public showers can be an essential point for you.
Choosing the berth for your boat: the environment
Ah, the environment… For that last point, there are so many tidbits to keep in mind!
Is the mooring place protected from "bad weather"? Empuriabrava and its surroundings is a region where the north wind, the famous Tramontana, blows more than half the year. And when it blows, it blows! It is also thanks to her that our skies are so often a piercing blue.
Is the mooring place intimate? It can be a problem to be tied at the end of the garden of a house ... or not 😉
Is the mooring place near the port exit? From the gas station? From a shipyard? As with all points, the opinion is personal to all. Being close to the gas station can be comfortable, avoiding a long way to get there. On the contrary, being far away can also be more pleasant, thus escaping the summer bustle of boaters by filling up your tank ...
Finally, are the neighbors nice?