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How do you hook up at a mooring?
Any mooring tie that is secure and doesn''t chafe can do the job but some are more convenient and less arduous. The "happy Hooker" is a device on a pole which threads your line through the mooring ring. We like to pick up the mooring from the cockpit as you can then swing the stern right close to. That reduces the stretch from the higher bow and eliminates the fore-to-aft communication problems. Cleat one end of the line, lead the other end throug the ring and back to the cleat or winch. After everything settles down grab both ends of your mooring line and walk it around to the bow. To minimise chafe lead both parts to the same side of the bow. A symmetrical tie, one end to each side of the bow, will let the line saw back and forth on the ring. The looped line with both ends fixed at the boat works well in many cases where it would be inconvenient to disconnect the far end.
We have a short bowsprit with a fairlead away from the bow. By hauling the line close we avoid "nursing" the buoy with the bow when the tide or wind changes. I''ve read where some have put an inflated innertube over the buoy to cushion the bow but I don''t know if it works. Without the bowsprit I would probably pay out 3 or 4 feet line rather than 8 feet to lessen any hunting back and forth. Lastly, when it''s time to leave just loosen one end of the line and let it slip free.