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Ditto on the big carabiner. It makes the initial attachment easy and then you can take your time getting your bow lines passed through where you want them.
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Couple of years ago I bought a Happy Hooker, an end-of-pole, double-action gizmo that can thread your line through a loop while keeping your hands clean.

Truth is, most moorings around here have pickup buoys with long sticks. Cannot remember the last time I used the Hooker.
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My current technique for picking up a mooring take two people. One grabs to mooring with a boat hook while the other lays face down on the fore deck and reaches down to the mooring to thread a line though the ring.

There are some products on the market that promise mooring nirvana. Do they work? Do you have a favorite one? Is there a better way to pick up a mooring without buying one of these things?

Happy Hooker Mooring Hook Tip (Marinetech Products) - Boat Hook Accessories

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EasyMoor Mooring Hook

There are other things out there that snap a hook to the buoy. It would seem preferable to look a line through for easy retrieval though.

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Chris If I am reading this right you've got a beautiful Alden 44 and a mooring ball with a top "ring". Please tell me this is a "pass through" ball and you're really connecting directly to the chain?

With proper mooring pendants a simple boat hook has served me well for nearly 38 years... Reach down, pick them up...

Even my neighbor, a single mom, can pull it off effortlessly..
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Since the real challenge is getting the boat stopped, would a big snap shackle not do at first? Tie it on a length warp, reach over, then snap it over the eye?

You could even put two of them of different sizes on the same line, in case the mooring eye is too thick, or the hole in it too small.

Later, with the boat stopped, you could use something more secure, or double up.
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I think people want to not have to lie prone on deck to do it.
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Yes, Maine Sail, I do have a stunningly gorgeous Alden 44. Most of the time she lives in a slip. On occasion we pick up moorings elsewhere. There are not a lot in northern California.

These are the moorings that have me thinking about the happy hooker:
Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude
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Gadget to pick up the mooring? I married her 20 years ago
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Yes, Maine Sail, I do have a stunningly gorgeous Alden 44. Most of the time she lives in a slip. On occasion we pick up moorings elsewhere. There are not a lot in northern California.

These are the moorings that have me thinking about the happy hooker:
Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude
Wow scary stuff. I think I'd opt for my anchor over those Rube Goldberg do hickeys....
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Re: Gadgets to help catching a mooring

There is a new device that picks the line automatically and unassisted. Cheap too. Google Catcher Snatcher. You'll enjoy the video, an angry wife missing the mooring.
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Couple of years ago I bought a Happy Hooker...
That's what I would like to have on the bow of my boat, bent down low trying to catch the mooring ball, a happy hooker...
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