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Mooring/Anchoring Techniques...

Given the many newbies here, and my many years of expertise on the water, I feel I should share some of the various methods I have witnessed with my fellow sailors. Now everyone knows what a Bahamian Moor is, a single anchor, and of course the tandem, but here are a few we have seen over the years that you may not have seen (yet). Most involve some level of alcohol (before and after), So, here goes:



1) Nazi Moor: This is when you pull into an anchorage about ten feet deep, then drop the anchor and around 250 feet of chain... just to be sure. It always helps when the anchorage is full.

2) Shot Put Moor: Ahh... well practiced amongst our motor boating friends. To correctly do this technique, you must take off your shirt (not you girls... that is a different technique), stand on the bow, and throw the anchor as far as you possibly can away from the boat. The further you throw it, the better the hold. Roughly around the time the anchor hits the water (and before it hits bottom), you scream back to the captain and tell him the anchor is set.

3) The Free Dive Moor: The Shot Put Moor, but when you forget to tie the bitter end on to the boat.

4) Tractor-Pull Moor: Not fully appreciated or possible by many sailboaters, this technique involves dropping your anchor with no more than 1:2 scope (always best when in a muddy bottom) and pulling the anchor backwards for a quarter mile or so under full power until sufficient bottom and sea life have effectively wrapped around the anchor and any retrieval of your old ground tackle is no longer possible.

5) The Walmart Moor: Mushroom anchor. Quarter inch braid. $19.99. Enough said.

6) The Capitol Hill Moor - Very similar to the Bahamian Moor, but with more anchors and shifting winds. This technique looks really good when you put it down, but come the next day, you realize that the mess of twisted lines are impossible to get undone and you have really screwed the pooch. Hello pocket knife and goodbye rhode. No one will know when you cut it loose. Ahh, it's just money.

7) Chartplotter Moor: Maybe the easiest technique to identify and possibly the only technique where you won't drag. To properly set the Chartplotter Moor, you must steer via chartplotter and not look up. When you run your boat hard aground at high tide, get out and walk your anchor and set it by hand so that you don't come off accidentally. Always best if it is set where everyone can see that you are anchored (the prop sticking out of the water wasn't enough) and yes, you really are an idiot and boating should be licensed.

8) Kamikaze Moor: I first witnessed this technique in Longboat Key. It works by putting someone that has never steered the boat before at the wheel. You drop the anchor and tell them to back down on it. Of course, they don't bother to look backwards as they place the throttle in full reverse. On the other hand, the boater behind you clearly sees what is happening and tries to abandon ship with very sailor-like language. An old fashioned meet-and-greet - marine style.


To all newbies, please make sure you thoroughly study these techniques. If you do not practice them yourselves, you will certainly see them on the water. You can now accurately point them out!!

Just trying to help.

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Re: Mooring/Anchoring Techniques...

A few years back I watched the "Tractor Pull" method in New Harbor at Block I. A brand new zillion dollar sailboat, possibly 60' long, cruised around the harbor and finally decided to drop anchor a short distance away. He dropped the anchor over...and over...and over again....straight down, backing off each time with a puzzled look and circling round again. He had a friend on board who steadfastly stood on the bow, looking intently over the bow waiting for the anchor to set. They moved to a different location a distance away and repeated the exercise. Totally clueless, I think he must have rented dock space or a mooring.
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Re: Mooring/Anchoring Techniques...

I would respectfully like to add one more to your list.

9) The Free Loader Moor: Pull into the middle of a crowded anchorage (very important step) at or near low tide. From the bow, roll a cement-filled 5 gallon bucket into the water. Allow the bucket to settle to the bottom then take up all slack in the 3/8" polypropelyne line used as rode. With proper planning and careful execution your improvised mooring device will drift under the rode of another more traditionally moored vessel leaving you snug and secure. If the operator of the other vessel objects to this arrangement, simply act dumb and he/she may even set out a proper mooring arrangment for you out of concern for the safety of his/her vessel as well as for the safety of others.
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Re: Mooring/Anchoring Techniques...

10) The charter moor. Drop the hook with about a 2:1 scope and then pile everybody into the dinghy. Open the throttle up wide to create the biggest possible wake while making 2.1kts on the way to the beach bar. AKA the Drop and Hope Method Similar to the Tractor Pull moor, just with out the PULL
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The vegetarian moor

The Vegetarian Moor
Drop the hook in weedy bottom, let out scope, throttle up to all of 800 rpm and 'set' the anchor. Around 10pm, when the rainstorm and high winds come up, you'll be dragging a big ball of vegetation across the anchorage. Just pray you are woken up by the shouts from the worlds finest cruiser, anchored nearby, who is maintaining an anchor watch...just before you are about to drag onto the rocks.
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Re: Mooring/Anchoring Techniques...

STEALTH ANCHORING Takes place after dark. A boat showing no lights will approach under sail and skillfully thread their way through the pack to anchor in any tiny space. The boat will be small, possibly hand painted with seashells or mermaids. No flag will be flown but close examination may disclose a tiny French flag painted on the wind vane or generator.
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Re: Mooring/Anchoring Techniques...

Haha! Lots of good techniques here. For the record, I have seen EVERYONE of these techniques used (that I wrote about, and some that you guys have).

I have another one that I saw a week or so ago (mini Season).

20) High Tide Moor: Requires a smallish boat under 20 feet usually. Come in at low tide. Tie your boat up as tight as possible to the bottom of the pilings. Go have a beer, or two, or three. Come back at high tide. Boat is resting nicely on the bottom of the slip.

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Re: Mooring/Anchoring Techniques...

The Defeats-the-purpose moor: comes into a crowded anchorage where everyone is anchored bow-and-stern, in about 15-20ft. Drops bow anchor (doesn't set it), drifts back full ~300ft of line and drops stern anchor, letting out all ~300ft of line. Screams and yells at anybody who suggests that they snug up a bit on their rodes. Drifts all over the anchorage at night when the wind dies down. Everybody nearby puts out fenders or moves.
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