The Crown Estate Mooring Regulations

The Crown Estate Commissioners (now since 2019 – Crown Estate Scotland) acting in exercise of the powers of the Crown Estate Act 1961 on behalf of the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, grant right to lay down and maintain the moorings, specified in the Carrick Castle Boat Club schedule Mooring Licence No: XX34/343 on 10th February 1989 or in any variation in the form of a memorandum subscribed, on the bed of the sea at Carrick Castle (the location of moorings is 4 deg 54′ W by Lat 56 deg 8.20′ N to 56 deg 6.10′ N.) and to repair and renew each mooring(s), together also with right to use the same for the sole purpose of mooring the vessel(s) for which such mooring(s) is (are) suitable on the following terms and conditions.

The Licensee undertakes, as follows: ~

To pay all rates, taxes, charges and assessments of whatever nature leviable in respect of the right hereby granted.

At all times to keep the said mooring(s) in good, safe and substantial order and condition and not to alter the position of the mooring(s) without the previous consent of the Commissioners.

At all times when called upon by the Commissioners or their agents and to their satisfaction to alter the position(s) of the mooring(s) to such position(s) as may be required by the Commissioners or their agents and following such alteration this Agreement shall continue to apply and shall otherwise remain unchanged.

To make good to the satisfaction of the Commissioners or their agents any damage or injury that may arise from or be caused by the Maintenance, repair, alteration or renewal of the mooring(s) or by any failure or defect therein and to indemnify Her Majesty and Her Successors and the Commissioners and their agents against all actions, proceedings, claims, demands, costs and expenses consequent upon the exercise by the Licensee of the right hereby granted and upon any fault or defect in the mooring(s).

To exercise the right hereby granted with due regard to such rights of navigation and fishing as exist and not to do or permit to be done on any vessel using the mooring(s) any act or thing which is an annoyance, nuisance or disturbance to the owners or occupiers of neighbouring property or to the public or to the crews of vessels moored or anchored nearby. Not to assign or otherwise dispose of the right hereby granted to any other person.

Using suitable materials to display upon the mooring buoy(s) the number(s) allocated thereto in terms of the schedule hereto and also to attach thereto the Licence tag(s) supplied.

When a block of numbers is allocated to a club, it shall be the responsibility of that organisation to allocate these numbers individually to the various moorings with which they are concerned and to ensure that the correct numbers are displayed on the appropriate buoys.

The following additional clauses have been agreed with representatives of mooring and anchorage interests: –

The grantees will procure that each mooring is:

Permanently marked by the attachment of a surface buoy to be maintained at all times unless the mooring tackle has been taken ashore for the winter.

For a mooring in service, it shall be further marked by attaching to and displaying upon the surface buoy or pick-up buoy a marker tag to be issued by the Commissioners and if such shall at any time be displaced the Grantees will require to replace the same with a marker tag to be obtained from the Commissioners, immediately declaring that in the event that replacement marker tags are required, the Commissioners reserve the right at their discretion to charge a fee for the provision of a replacement marker tag, and;

For a mooring not in service the name of the boat normally occupying the mooring (or the name of the operating organisation) shall be marked on the keeper buoy, and;

In the case of mooring associations:

Except for visiting boats, the Association shall provide the Commissioners a list of tag numbers and associated boat names for the boats normally occupying the moorings on a long term basis, or where that is not possible the name of the operating organisation and if there is a change in the name of such occupying vessel or a change in such vessel at any time then such change shall forthwith be notified to the Commissioners in writing.

The purpose of these amendments is to regularise current practice within the mooring licence in order to improve the efficiency of mooring management. By ensuring that mooring locations are permanently marked and tagged, we will be able to respond more effectively to enquiries and requests for assistance.

All moorings should therefore not only have a valid mooring tag, issued by The Crown Estate once every five years (1st January 2010, 2015, 2020, etc.), attached to each mooring, but also have the name of the vessel marked on the mooring buoy. In addition, for the safety of the mooring, in not having a vessel attached of a larger weight than the mooring was designed for, a maximum weight should be indicated for the safe usage of a mooring. Moorings will be checked up to four times a year by the Crown Estate’s Marine Officer and if found to have no mooring tag attached to a buoy the owner will be liable to a fine of up to £50 for each and every time the mooring is found to be in contravention of their regulations. Persistent offenders will be liable to having the mooring removed by The Crown Estate with the cost passed on to the mooring owner.

All owners of moorings must sign the Crown Estate Scotland’s provided  Vessel Owners Agreement agreeing to  insure annually their vessel whilst on a mooring to at least third party cover and to have their mooring(s) inspected annually by a competent person.

Important Note: Crown Estate Scotland will no longer permit members to pay for a mooring position and not lay a mooring and they must have a boat for  the mooring allocated.