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Newbie question 2... Correct pennant size for tanzer 22

I have placed my 300# pyramid mooring with 5/8" heavy and 1/2" light chain. One swivel between the two chains. I'm using a 15" mooring ball and I'm now figuring out the pennant situation. I have one bow cleat. The 5/8" New England ropes pennant I bought (16' long) has a thimbal end and a looped end. The looped end won't fit through the "eye" of the cleat. I wanted to do a double pennant setup, but that is out of the question if I use 5/8" line.

I now have a 1/2" setup, 12' long and the loop passes through the eye of the cleat and then I can loop the other 1/2" pennant over the first. Seems like a good setup, BUT, the 1/2" line is rated for 10,800 lbs. The Tanzer 22 weighs 2,900 lbs. I'm concerned i don't have a thick enough rope, but the larger 5/8" size doesn't work.

I'm on Lake Champlain in a moderately sheltered bay, but we are exposed to some pretty strong winds at times.

I want to launch this weekend...

Help and comments please!

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Re: Newbie question 2... Correct pennant size for tanzer 22

Line is plenty thick enough, just make sure your chafe protection is good, I went through something similar recently and my boat weighs about twice yours - I think I ended up with either 1/2" or perhaps a touch bigger, I forget. I have dual pendants though, one a couple of feet longer than the other, both share a cleat although I had to fit skene chocks on the bow to route them nicely either side.

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Re: Newbie question 2... Correct pennant size for tanzer 22

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The 5/8" New England ropes pennant I bought (16' long) has a thimbal end and a looped end. The looped end won't fit through the "eye" of the cleat. I wanted to do a double pennant setup, but that is out of the question if I use 5/8" line.

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It is only necessary to slip the loop over the cleat, and then lash it, typically using the line from the pickup. No need to insert it through the "eye". Go with the largest pennant that will fit through your chocks. And chafe protection is essential as most failures are due to chafe, not failure due to excessive loads.
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Re: Newbie question 2... Correct pennant size for tanzer 22

I realize I am probably too late to give you the answer you need, but thought it might be comforting to know that my own T22 and 8 others in my club are moored with 1/2" pennants and have no problems.

You want the nylon to act like a shock absorber, so you really don't want to go over sized if you don't need too. 1/2" should be good, and I would rather have two pennants than one.

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Re: Newbie question 2... Correct pennant size for tanzer 22

Here's a good article on moorings along with some recommendations on sizing.
Mooring Basics - How to Install a Permanent Mooring
Note that 5/8 inch is recommended for your size boat. In my opinion 1/2 inch is too small.
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