Re: Yikes! Mooring System Failure
It's not a good idea to leave the ball in place during the winter. If you drop the top chain to the bottom, as MaineSail has suggested, it's better for the chain. If it stays hooked up to the ball the top several feet of the chain will wear away faster for two reasons: more O2 in the water to make rust, and the constant motion of the ball moving in wind and swell causes the chain just below the ball to wear faster. Do as MS recommends and drop the top chain into the mud with a line and small bouy attached to facilitate it's recovery in the spring.