Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central New Jersey, sailing on the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay mostly.
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Re: Mooring Pendant Length
Thank you for the info. My original question came from watching the mooring field at slack tide on windless days, with a 25ft boat on a 20 ft pendant. It seemed that we could make the field a bit more compact if we shortened the pendants. Then the hurricane passed by. When the boats are being driven by 80mph winds, it looks different! Some of the comments in this thread were very helpful also.
I plan on two pendants, a 12 ft 5/8 everyday with a 6 ft 3/4 with a "cyclone" storm pendent, total 18feet. I also purchased a 20 foot 3/4 in back-up. The cyclone is a dyneema line.
Our mooring guidelines call for 1.5 to 2 times waterline to deck chock as a MINIMUM. Some folks are more than 5 times. But we came through Hurricane Irene with no losses, and now I am on a chafe gear kick, having finally understood the dramatic increase in chafe with a short pendant in a storm.
Last edited by lillia28; 10-21-2012 at 02:42 PM.