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The name describes my demeanour and voice! I love narrowboating and that is why this blog is mainly about the boat and our interaction with it. I have been keeping a log for Sonflower ever since we bought her and moved onto her as our main residence. Some incidents in our boating life have been hilarious, some scary and some down right dangerous. I cannot tell what will come in the future but you can now share them! The crew are an 'ordinary' couple. The Best Mate and I.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Mooring Prices RIsing

Recession or not it appears that mooring prics continue to rise.

The auction has just closed for a mooring on our site. The highest bid received was £2151 against a guide price of £1650. A similar mooring in Cropredy closed at £2050.

There are no facilities at these moorings. Water is half a mile away. All we have are rings to tie to, and they are in the wrong place for the length of our boat!

It is all about supply and demand even in a recession. Those who can afford it will always outbid those who can't.


Will on board said...

Would you mind sharing with us how much the average cost of a mooring is at your location? Does it roughly match the £1650 guide price?

It seems to me that one of the most powerful arguments against the mooring auction is the reality that whatever the value an auctioned mooring reaches, it will immediately cause an imbalance amongst existing moorers.

Personally, I would be very disgruntled if I knew that others on my mooring were paying less than I was.

I think we could get a good feature in Tow Path Talk on this subject.

eeyore said...
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eeyore said...

The last auction, before this one, was won by an existing moorer at a bid of £1000. I am paying £1350 for a shorter mooring than this. At present, the average is probably just above the guide price.

I am not disgruntled by the successful lower bidder. I tried myself to bid lower than I pay at the moment. Good luck to him!