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I still go to the bow and still use a boat hook as it gives me more range or "pick up" than a fiberglass whip that you need to be spot on in order to grab it.
Of course I have been picking up moorings for over 35 years and used to actually moor my commercial lobster boat on the open ocean so it is pretty much second nature.. I also used to pick up over 300 buoys per day when lobstering..
In rough stuff, over 30 knots, I still miss it every now and then but nothing another pass won't fix. With a fin keel the bow can get blown off. A good trick is once you've grabbed the pendants drop one eye over a cleat as fast as you can and ignore the chock if it slows you down. Then, using the other pendant thread it though the chock and secure it and repeat with the second one. You do run dual pendants..?
If you run pendants of varying lengths, one short and one long, and the winds are to high, you can use a sheet winch to pull the boat forward on the other pendant to get the shorter one secured. Once the shorter one is well secured simply secure the lazy pendant.. This is usually required in winds over about 35 knots on boats over 30 feet or so.
When going forward in rough stuff stay low and use a long boat hook (three extensions +) and you'll do fine. You just need to practice and to know the "inertia" and how you boat glides in varying wind conditions once in neutral.
An alternate solution to "pinched fingers" is to secure a heavy dock line through your cleat and chock and bring it up and over the pulpit. Now when you grab the pendant you only need the thread the bow line through the eye and back to the cleat. With this line being longer it gives you time to secure it before you're going to lose a finger. From this point you can use the winch trick to secure the pendants properly.
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 07-22-2011 at 08:55 AM.