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Re: Mooring ball too close?

something else to keep in mind. centreboarders and shoal keels react differently than full keel boats and even fin keels in response to wind and current.

Shoal and centreboarders tend to go with the wind, fin keels can go with the wind or the current (depending on depth and length of fin) and full keel boats tend to react more to tide and current.

What this means is that if the current is out of the north and the wind is out of the south and you have a full keel boat moored near a centreboarder, you have a chance they can either be far away from each other.. or right up against each other.

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Re: Mooring ball too close?

I think you'll have to wait until a boat uses the mooring beside you to see if it's too close. When you have a boat on it and pulling the chain/rope it might end up a good distance from you. Both of my moorings are in mooring fields (one of them very crowded) and it often seems the other moorings are too close when there is no boat on them. If you're in a marina or yacht club, perhaps you can ask the manager to keep an eye on things when another boat is using the mooring beside you, at least until you're sure you both have swinging room.

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Re: Mooring ball too close?

I've had my boat wrap up with another which was too close on an adjacent mooring. When this happened, I was in a tidal river with strong currents. When wind and current are running opposite directions, the boats would not all swing together. That's when the trouble starts. Many of the boats towed a bucket or something to create drag, insuring the tide would win the argument with the wind, but this was not fool proof.

If you are in a bay with little or no currents, you can get away with being very close to similar boats that swing together. In some of the local harbors on Cape Cod, the moorings are very close and there are few problems. Tidal range is small as are currents.

If you are in a river, or an estuary with strong tidal currents, you want lots of space. And if you intend on riding out a storm with some surge, you'd like some ability to add scope to your pennant. In these cases, we'd ask to move.
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Re: Mooring ball too close?

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

The ball behind us is definitely going to remain vacant, so I feel a lot better about it after reading some of the responses. We'll see if we can move the vacant ball a bit farther back with the dinghy on Friday. We'll also get a longer painter (and some anti-chafing) so we can tie the dinghy to the stern of our boat while it's moored.

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