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post #28 of Old 04-25-2007
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Take a long, heavy line Attach one end to a cleat coil the remainder, hanging on to the end. When near enough, lasso the buoy - the line will sink, looped around the mooring chain. Haul in and make fast at your leisure. Can even be done from the cockpit. In strong winds/currents or if there is still way on the boat you can lose your boathook too easily. Under sail always pick up a buoy when it's on on the windward side or you risk a gybe!
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