Moorings in cruising anchorages

In some circumstances MAST will allow moorings in cruising anchorages. Therefore, MAST in consultation with the Tasmanian Yachting Association, has developed a policy in dealing with new mooring applications in traditional cruising areas as follows :

  • Each application will be individually assessed
  • Applications for any area outside recognised mooring areas, or an area in which there are no or only a few existing moorings may be forwarded to Tasmanian Yachting and Cruising Clubs and Associations for comment
  • Applications by landowners for a mooring adjacent to their property may be allowed
  • Use of existing moorings in cruising areas

Protocol for the use of existing moorings in cruising areas, as developed by MAST and others, is as follows:

  • If more than one boat wishes to use the mooring at a time, they would raft up together no later than one hour before sunset, providing anchored vessels are unaffected. (This optimises the available space since the rafted boats don’t have a swing distance and provides more room for vessels to anchor
  • Vessel owners who wish to berth a boat at a mooring would not displace boats anchored in the cruising anchorages if they arrive one hour before sunset
  • The design of the mooring buoy would be amended so as to not interfere with the safe navigation of other boats that are likely to use the anchorage