If you're singlehanding and need to pick up a mooring, it may be easier to run the line through a bow chock, and then aft to the cockpit. Then come up to the mooring ball so that you can catch it with a boat hook from the cockpit. Then you can attach the line to the mooring ball, and let the boat drop back. Generally, once on the mooring, you can go forward at your leisure and take the slack out of the mooring line.
This is usually easier than trying to judge coming up to the mooring ball and trying to go forward, and catch it...
Wearing gloves is never a bad idea... some of the nasty growth on the mooring pennants that have been sitting in the water can cut your hands up pretty badly if your not wearing gloves.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 03-26-2007 at 10:31 PM.