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Mooring field woes in avalon harbor

Interesting question that I'm hoping someone might be able to answer.

I was recently in avalon harbor on a bow/stern mooring for the night in a dufour375. While on the mooring, I noticed that the boat would swing rather violently from left to right. Of course this was more noticeable at high tide than low which makes me think that the mooring was too small for our length. The other boats near me were swaying a bit, but ours was (embarrassingly from shore) swaying more so than any other.

That night, I tried to tighten us up on the mooring by pulling in more line past the bow eye loop on the mooring line and cleated it off on the bow cleat. I thought this would work because there appeared to be slack on the line when the bow would drift to the middle point between extremes towards and away from the mooring ball. This really didn't help. What I'm wondering is should, I have made a bridal or other type of extension from the eye loop to in effect create more scope or should, I have tightened up even more than I already had?

I am heading back out there in the same boat in May with my girlfriend, and I'm hoping not to look like an idiot
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Re: Mooring field woes in avalon harbor

ask for a smaller mooring. they prolly put you on a 50 and larger mooring, which will have you swinging wildly. no control
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Re: Mooring field woes in avalon harbor

Leave the bow line alone and tighten the stern mooring line, and adjust it as the tide changes. The stern line is smaller diameter and easier to deal with, and it just works better.
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Re: Mooring field woes in avalon harbor

Cool thanks. So the issue really was that there was too much line out to the mooring anchor? I had a buddy bring up the loop (as he was the biggest) and didn't check to see tension on the line. The weird thing was that the boat next to me which was a 28' to my 37' used what looked to be a line that allowed the stern hawser to remain submerged, he tied the line to his midship cleat. Maybe he was just trying to allow for some swinging room of his own to keep out of my way. The dufour I was on was a grand large, hence super beamy.


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