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Protecting Re-Painted Topsides from Mooring Buoy
As a preliminary matter, and as a new member, let me say how informative I find these forums to be. There is a collective base of knowledge here that simply can't be replicated by me calling my handful of sailing buddies to ask their opinions on various issues. Thanks to all who contribute to these forums.
I'm a life-long sailor but relatively new to keelboats. We've been in Beneteau First 265 for the last three/four years and are now about to upgrade our boat. We've settled on a so-called plastic classic, a Tartan 34C, and will likely have her topsides repainted navy blue before the season begins. To that end, I'm concerned about the wear I've seen on the Beneteau resulting from our mooring bouy and its likely effect on the newly painted topsides of the Tartan. We moor in Monroe Harbor in Chicago. The harbor is pretty well protected (except when the wind blows from the SE) but I suspect that damage from the mooring buoy occurs when there is no wind or waves and the boat rides up on the buoy. While I'm not sure of the material the bouys are constructed, they are of sturdy construction and are pretty good-sized (at least a couple of feet in diameter). I've seen people use "noodles" on the mooring lines and somehow affix upside down laundry baskets to the mooring bouy (presumably in an effort to reduce wear and tear on the topsides). However, I'm interested in whether anyone on this forum has any other suggestions.
Many thanks in advance for your assistance.