We've been on the mooring wait-list for six years at one of our favorite local island get-aways, but have been informed by the Harbormaster that we should finally
be granted a certificate very shortly.
Until then, whenever we decided to do an overnighter in this cove, we either anchored in the outer cove, or have used a good friend's mooring. We occasionally even raft-up with his boat and trust the mooring knowing the gear is professionally serviced each season.
While walking the barrier beach this past weekend, which borders this island's inner cove, we came across a beached mooring ball and chain. Don't know if a boat was on it at the time, but it was apparently washed ashore during a recent storm.
The ground tackle was clearly long overdue for replacement, with some links rusted to dangerously thin diameters. The swivel shackle was the weakest link, obviously snapped off from the mushroom anchor.
This was a reminder to never trust a strange mooring to hold our 9 ton boat . . . just may not be very reliable.