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How do you hook up at a mooring?

Hi,I was just wondering if I hooked up to the mooring correctly the other day?

We approached the ball(mooring) & I hooked the metal loop on top w/our gaff,then pulled our boat closer & tied a rope to the loop(we had a big metal clip,but it wasn''t large enough to clip on the loop/ring) & then tied it to our cleat(leaving about 8'' of rope inbetween so the boat could swing).

Was this right?Or is there a special hook or something you use to do this?

Thanks in advance,Anne
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How do you hook up at a mooring?

Gidget

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.

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How do you hook up at a mooring?

Thank you George!
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How do you hook up at a mooring?

I was on a mooring for 15 years. It was, for many of those years, a dangerous situation. I always used two mooring lines - replacing each one every other year so as never to have line more than 2 years old. The lines were 5/8" for a 12,000 # boat. The lines attached to the bouy ring by a schackle and the mooring line ALWAYS had a galvanized metal thimble spliced into the end that attached to the bouy.
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How do you hook up at a mooring?

And you shud pay out ALOT more line in my humble opinion. For my 35'' sailboat the Newport Harbor Master requires a bridle length of at least 15 feet; mine is 20. The concept is the same as anchoring; the more slope the better.
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