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New mooring setup fubar

Last week I put a 26' Laguna on my mooring. It had new double pennants.
I was on the mooring only 10 days. When I got there tonite I saw that the pennants were both wrapped around the chain.

The mooring is 500 lb anchor, heavy chain, light chain through ball to pennants at top of ball.
The pennants were both wrapped around the chain on the bottom of the ball.

I unfouled them but I saw some abrasion on them.
First time this happened in three years.

I'm thinking I need to replace and add floats to them, anything else?
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Re: New mooring setup fubar

Seize about the bottom five feet of the pendants together so they can't wrap in opposite directions around the ball.
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Re: New mooring setup fubar

Are the pendants hooked to a swivel?
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Re: New mooring setup fubar

Sliding some 4-6 inch sections of PVC pipe over the pendants will "stiffen" the lower section and help prevent wrapping. This exact problem happened to a friend this spring. Both his pendants were chafed down to one strand on each!

A number of people in our harbor use mooring balls with an internal tube that allows the chain to come up through it and attach the pendants to the top. This minimizes wrap but in calm conditions, the ball can lie against the boat and the shackle can scratch the topsides.
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Re: New mooring setup fubar

In Northport they put tubing on the pennants that seems to be a pool Noddle ?

This keeps them from sinking during those funky times when the tide and wind disagree just enough to try and push the boat over the mooring

Mine have never gone under BUT I have seen it , winding around each other is still a concern as it is a random event and some weeks there fine and some weeks 17 wraps
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Re: New mooring setup fubar

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Are the pendants hooked to a swivel?
top chain goes through ball.
shackle at top of chain is too big to fit in the hole.
Shackle captures thimbles connected to pennants.

no swivel.
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Seize about the bottom five feet of the pendants together so they can't wrap in opposite directions around the ball.
That is interesting.
Would tie wraps work
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Re: New mooring setup fubar

Our mooring setup for our marina is a single over sized pendant coming off chain under mooring ball leading to a double bridle with
good sized throat.
(I added float to pendant)
Never any wrap/abrasion.
I was extremely unhappy with set up at first, and reached a
agreement with dockmaster to set up additional storm pendant (heavy and longer then other) when severe conditons coming.
Never really needed it.
We are right on western LIS rather exposed but not a lot of fetch and after many years, and a few hurricanes marina never lost a boat to that single penant parting (have had boats chafe at chocks).
...for what its worth...
Mooring is pulled/inspected every year.

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