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Old 07-02-2007
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Mooring Pennant Hook-Up

I just purchased a boat and will be keeping it on a mooring. The previous owner has allowed me to "park" on his mooring for a few weeks until mine is put in.

I am a always concerned that I "botched" the mooirng tie up and the boat will float away and create a hell of a lot of damage to the other folks.

In the harbor were I am we use two pennants; one on each side of the bow. Each penneant is braided line and 3/4" in diameter. My boat has some heavy duty chocks on the front where the mooring line goes through to the mooring ball. The surveyor really liked these.

The looped sliced end of the pennant goes around a single, large cleat on the bow and then the two mooring pennant loops are tied together with a string to snug them up to the front of the cleat. I hope a that I explained that well enough for everyone to picture.

I want to ensure that the boat never breaks free. Is there a better way to do this? Should I also tie a secondary "safety" line around the mast just in case?

Thanks.

DrB
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