One more thought- would I be better off hooking the mooring line to the bow eye? This would eliminate the need to even get on the bow when picking up the mooring since I could connect and disconnect from the cockpit. When not in use I could tie it off to a rear cleat or head to the bow to hang it neatly off the railing.
The downside would be that the mooring ball connection (under the ball) would be difficult to make unless I made a short 5' pennant to hook to.
The other thing is a snap would need to be employed to make the connection to the ball.