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post #10 of Old 04-16-2002
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Mooring advice needed

I had a mooring in South Dartmouth, Ma. where the bottom was all sand. Hard sand. Did you ever hear about what happened there during Hurricane Bob? I can''t remember the exact number but dozens of moorings pulled out because people used mushrooms in hard sand. The boats were just lying there, on the shore, still tied to their land locked moorings. (And train wheels).This made me a believer about this hard sand thing. It made sence to me! Since then they cracked down. I spoke with the harbor master and the mooring tender, they gave me this info. The mooring tender (John) told me ,when I spoke with him about installing a mooring, the same thing I stress here. He had me go out and buy a 2,800 LB mooring weight (as I mentioned in my other post to you) with related gear. I went through a couple good blows there. It did the trick!
So.... my advice is to talk to mooring tenders... call or go to scrap yards and try to find a mooring weight. (I found mine in a scrap yard). It''s a once every 15 to 20 year thing but you''ll sleep well... take my word for it.
Tha besta luck.


P.S. Almost forgot; steel retains about ninety percent of it''s weight in salt water.
The foreign made mushroom is less.
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