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great sailing - but on the mooring...

Love my S2 27 sailboat. Great upwind sailboat, great interior. Everything i need/want. BUT, this boat tends to swing too much on its mooring, making for some interesting action in the mooring field.

The boat has twin cleats - P/S. It is attached to a 300Lb mushroom (35 feet of chain) by 2-10' foot pennants - equal length. Our mooring field is tight.

She has a tendancy to stay on one of the pennants, then swing over to the other pennant - regardless of tide, wind combination.

Any thoughts on a solution? Was thinking of a riding sail from sail rite as a possible solution.

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I have an S2 8.5 with the same "problem". Make sure your pennants are of unequal length or you're going to see a lot of tangling and abrasion. Also look out for where the splice contacts the rubrail - I haven't found a good solution for a chafe guard there. I've considered a riding sail as well, but somehow haven't gotten around to trying it. I'll say one thing, in a breeze it sure separates the experienced launch drivers from the newbies!
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Try mooring her from the stern.
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Try hanging a weighted sea anchor from the bow about 4 feet under. Works better than a riding sail.
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I would suggest mooring her from the stern as well. Don Jordan, inventor of the Jordan Series Drogue, has an excellent explanation of why modern boats tend to sail at anchor. You can read it here.

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This is an interesting article. Reading it would suggest that a riding sail might work. Also, my concern would be that the exhaust from the diesel would be subject to flooding from incoming waves - would have to install a flapper door.

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I may try wrapping multi layers of duct tape over the areas of the bridle eye that are in contact with the rubrail. this worked when I beefed up my tackle when Hurricane Ivan hit - at that time though it was a tropical strom in the northeast with winds around 40knots. I used mucho duct tape, and it did a great job.

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You might try using a stainless steel rubstrake on the rubrail. It will help quite a bit.

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I ziptie a piece of re enforced water tubing over the rub point on the line.

Is your rudder able to swing or is it locked in place? Try tying it down hard over and see what happens? May get beter or worse but it's worth a shot.
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In storm conditions, you're better off with breathable/water permeable chafe protection, since the major cause of lines failing in heavy storms is line failure caused by internal heat/friction damaging the line. Water permeable chafe protection allows water to get in and lubricate/cool the line—preventing that type of failure from occurring as readily.

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