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Old 03-30-2007
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While I agree that the mooring ball can help reduce shock loading on the boat, if the underwater portion of a mooring system isn't properly designed and sized, it really doesn't matter much... the first time the winds or seas pick up, the boat is toast. He doesn't say what the underwater portion of the mooring consists of.

Helix anchors, properly installed are far better than pyramid or mushroom anchors. However, not all places have people competent to install a helix anchor.
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