No hand-me-down moorings allowed

CONTRARY to popular belief, moorings at Rottnest Island cannot be passed on to the owner’s children.

There are about 870 mooring licences available and a waiting list for most of them.

Rottnest Island Authority CEO John Mitchell admitted the waiting list was quite long for the more popular bays.

Under the Authority’s mooring policy, a boat owner can licence a bay and has to renew that licence every year.

However, this licence is not transferable.

Besides the licensed moorings, there are about 30 rental moorings available.

There are also a number of pens available on the jetties around the islands and a number of pens at North Thomson beach.

Mooring licencees can also authorise other people to use their mooring.

For example, a member of a yacht club can ask a fellow member with a mooring in a Rottnest Island bay for permission to use it.

Mr Mitchell said there were about 2,000 authority users on top of the 870 licensed users.

The week between Christmas and New Year is the most popular time for boat users to travel to Rottnest.

“Besides that time, I believe a boat owner wanting to come to Rottnest has a good chance of finding a mooring,” he said.

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