Hingham Harbor, photo/New England Boating  TV

Hingham Harbor, photo/New England Boating TV

Patriot Ledger: Bill Kelley was thinking ahead when he put his young daughter, Jennifer, on the waiting list for public moorings in Cohasset [Massachusetts] more than 2 decades ago.

His daughter is now 29, and there are still 50 or so people on the list ahead of her. “Who knows how long it will take,” Kelley, of Scituate, said as he stepped off his commercial fishing boat.

Public moorings, which can be much cheaper than slips at private yacht clubs, are hot commodities on the South Shore, and some boat owners wait decades to land one. The wait for a mooring in Cohasset Harbor is at least 25 years. In Scituate and Marshfield, the wait could be several years for those who aren’t picky about location. It gets longer for those who want a particular mooring. The wait in Hingham could be 3 years.

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