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Old 01-19-2014
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Re: Mooring Question

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Isn't there a navy/sub base up river from Charleston? I would be very surprised, if there weren't permitting requirements for permanent moorings in the harbor.
A) Probably the wrong river if he's setting a mooring in Chucktown; there are two.
B) Navy base is long gone.
C) When I was last there, there were very few moorings in the area and DNR had no regulations, nor were there local standards for moorings. (actually, I was shocked that there were such intrusive government regs about moorings when I got to the NE, never mind that they were a blight on every harbor up there, leaving nowhere for visitors to anchor, except Stonington, Ct.)
Got to remember, Charleston is still fighting the Civil War, and those Southern folks accept only a minimum of government intrusion into their sailing activities.
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Re: Mooring Question

My knowledge of the Navy base is only that my Father was stationed there in the Marine Corps in the 50s!

Love to hear of a community that rejects government intrusion, but I'm skeptical that Charleston is that radical.

I get the point on NE mooring fields, but we anchor nearly every single weekend without difficulty. Well, without much difficulty.

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Re: Mooring Question

I am issued a paper certificate and mooring number. The number is painted on the mooring ball, a sticker to my hull. If the harbor master finds the numbers don't match, you get a call for clarification. I've never been past this point, but I believe that there is a ticketing process and haul out as final action.

Our moorings have to be hauled and inspected every season. Yearly fee ($150), pull and drop (pay by the pound), plus repairs if needed. I think I pay 40 cents a pound.

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Re: Mooring Question

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The one thing I would be skeptical of is the top gear....I would recommend chain.

I have successfully used a two anchor, all chain mooring for over ten years in a harbor with 3 mile fetch. The anchors are two 100# danforths with 80 ft. of 1" chain between them (1000 # total weight) and 35 ft. of 9/16th top chain from the middle of the bridle to the swivel and ball. Pennant is 20ft. of 1" braid. With water depth of 25 ft. that gives me about a 3x scope. The anchors are now buried so deep you can't see them. My boat is 47ft x 15 ft. and displaces 24 tons loaded. The bottom is a compact, silty sand.
As far as the rode from the block to the mooring buoy it depends a bit on local regulations as well as depth. In Canada there has to be 12" of mooring buoy exposed. Mooring buoys that are approved are expensive - about $200 to $500 depending on size - larger will float higher with a given load. 1/2" long long mooring chain weighs 2 1/2 lbs per foot and has a load limit of 6900 lbs. 1" polysteel is a product of the commercial fishing industry and has a tensile strength of 21,700 lbs. It has 18% elongation and is about 3 times as strong as the chain. This polysteel/chain combination keeps strength high while keeping the buoy floating at approved height.

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Are you using a weight on the chain besides the 2 anchors? If not it doesn't add up to 1000 lbs I don't think.
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Re: Mooring Question

I know of a few sailors who used old train wheels for anchors and have had good results also +1 rep for the helical anchor suggestion
hazlett marine has good instructions for install but they only work if you don't hit bedrock before reaching necessary torque for holding
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Re: Mooring Question

Our harbor has helixes installed. One of the problems we encountered with Sandy was that they're so strong that in a storm surge situation they might hold a boat down until the water covered and sank it, unless the lines were let out in time. Helixes can be labor -ntensive to install with divers. Mushrooms let gravity do most of the work and are less involved.
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