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Thanks for all the suggestions.
We are at a marina where there is no place to keep a 10' board or a dinghy. The inflatable would work as long as we deflate and bring it home with us.
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This is a fairly common arrangement in Nova Scotia. I don't remember the mooring buoy having anything on it in the way of blocks, pulley, sheaves or little round thingys that make the ropes go. The buoys they used were big orange rubber ones and the rope just ran through the eye on the end of it. The line has to lie on the bottom, underwater, hence there is no tension on it, no chafe. You still want to inspect it every week or so though. Try it out and let us know if the boat comes loose so we can keep an eye out for it.
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We moored our Soling on a "clothesline" setup much as described. The toughest part of the setup was clipping the two ends together (...outside of everything...) when we went off sailing, so we'd only have to pick up one line when we came back. Chafe wasn't much of a problem. An area that has so little traffic that you can get away with such a setup won't be likely to have much in the way of waves either. We used a 1.5" line, just to be sure, and a big (used, and therefore cheap) block. We would leave the boat tied with the stern towards the dock so we could pull her in and step aboard without any gangplank, but you could also have both ends of the line attached at the boat's bow, so she could swing at the mooring if she had to. (You could get some wild twists in the line doing it that way, however.) Worked well for about 8 years, I would guess.
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How'd you get that line over the tiny cleats on a Soling??? Attaching the lines at the bow sounds like a recipe for disaster if the wind and tide have any effect at the mooring.

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1.5" Line! ???????

I don't get it?
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He was using a 1.5" diameter line...which would take about a month to chafe through with a boat the size of a Soling...

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If you are goin to employ a gangway I would strongly recommend a 2x10. A 2x6, unless you work for the circus, would be extremely diffucult to balance on, with a load, out to a pitching boat. In either case, doubling them up is the safest way to travel although weight does become an issue.
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Ruin all our fun...I was waiting to hear the big "sploosh!" of them falling in...

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