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I wonder whether it's the difference between salt water boaters and fresh water folk, or the fact that inland moorings are accessible to non-boating folk, or just that times are changing. On balance, I'll settle for the problems of mixing boaters and those who know nothing about boats - have you ever had to explain to non-boaters that sitting on dinghies ashore is not good for them?.
Decades ago, I often spent time on boats moored six or more abreast on trots during events such as Cowes week. Extricating yourself from an inner berth on a 3 knot ebb tide was a nice challenge, even with the help of the one other person still on board one of the boats, but you could be pretty sure that person would understand the drill, and that people would take care of problems with mooring ropes on boats whose owners were not on board.