Q. I have paid my registration fee, now what happens?
We will look to see what size moorings are available and we will contact you as soon as a suitable mooring becomes available, or in 12 months to ask you if you would like to renew your place on the Annual Moorings waiting list.
Q. How can I get to/from my mooring?
There is a year-round harbour water taxi service available at Cowes. The water taxis operate for a fee and run regular scheduled services at peak times. For full information please see the Water Taxis section on our website. As with any taxi, please remember to book ahead when possible.
Q. What if I buy a larger/smaller boat?
Your mooring allocation covers only the vessel for which you apply. If your new boat differs greatly in size, we may not be able to accommodate you on your current berth. We will do our best to accommodate your new vessel, however, large increases in overall length are harder to accommodate. We recommend you contact the moorings team at Shepards Marina on 01983 297821 well in advance of your intended change of vessel.
Q. What if I want to give up my mooring?
Most importantly, please inform the moorings team at Shepards Marina in writing if you want to cancel your mooring. Termination of the mooring licence is subject to Cowes Harbour Commission reselling the mooring for the remainder of the year. You are entitled to a refund from the month the mooring is resold, less a cancellation fee. Refunds are calculated on a sliding scale representing the value of the mooring throughout the year. More information is in the Terms and Conditions for Grant of Mooring Licences.
Q. Will someone keep an eye on my boat while I am away?
Our Patrol Officers are on the river daily, 365 days a year. If they notice something amiss, they will make every effort to contact the owner and/or the police or Coastguard as required. If a vessel is in immediate danger of sinking or breaking free, they will take whatever measures they can in order to secure the vessel. These will be temporary measures only; it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the long-term security of the vessel. Cowes Harbour Commission accepts no liability for damage caused to or by vessels moored on licenced moorings. More information is in the Terms and Conditions for Grant of Mooring Licences.