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Another option is to use a spar, such as a spinnaker pole or reaching strut, laid out on the foredeck and secured, then run the lead to the mooring buoy through the end, effectively acting as an extra-long bow-roller.
Interesting.... but you'd want to be sure the pole itself isn't going to bang, roll or otherwise make noise.. the smallest sound will transmit, esp in the dead of night.
Another thing I've seen is people tying up so short that the buoy is literally hanging at the bow roller... but in our area the weight of all the tackle and the buoy might make that quite a lift.
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