the pointy end is the bow
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Location: La Conner, Washington
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I tried something like that one night on a state park buoy. I ran my mooring line through a small whisker pole type arrangement to act as a standoff. At oh-dark-thirty in the morning, the dreaded thump-thump-thump began when the tide went slack. When I got up to see what was going on, I found that the buoy was banging the hull further back instead of at the bow because of the standoff.
The thing that has worked best for us for an occasional overnighter on a buoy is to tie up our inflatable dinghy snuggly, bow to bow with the mooring buoy captured between the two inflatable transom tubes. That doesn't help the original poster though.
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.
Last edited by erps; 12-18-2007 at 09:49 AM.