Mooring types

Moorings are used to secure a vessel in a particular location. Find out about the different mooring types, their uses and buoy colours.

Private moorings

  • Buoy colour: usually yellow
  • Licence type: private mooring licence, renewable annually
  • This licence is not a lease of the seabed and there is no guarantee of tenure. A private mooring licence allows you to moor your vessel on navigable waters.

Learn more about private mooring licences.

Commercial and club moorings

  • Buoy colour: orange (or red for clubs)
  • Licence type: commercial mooring licence, renewable annually
  • This licence is only issued to a business entity trading to provide marine-type services to the boating public, or a registered club or association (usually a boating or sailing club).

Learn more about eligibility and applying for a commercial mooring licence.

Emergency moorings

  • Emergency moorings are used by Transport for NSW staff or police to store vessels in emergencies
  • Buoy colour: blue.

Courtesy moorings

  • Courtesy moorings are free for the boating public and available to use in most locations on a 24-hour basis. Use the Mooring Locator Map to find a courtesy mooring.
  • Buoy colour: pink
  • A courtesy mooring may not be used by a commercial operator.
  • A maximum of one vessel may be attached to a courtesy mooring. Attaching other vessels to the moored vessel is not allowed (‘Rafting up’)
  • Signage on or in the vicinity of the courtesy mooring indicates the maximum length/tonnage and duration for a vessel to be moored in the location.
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