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05-13-2013 11:15 PM
cthoops
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.

Thanks again.
05-13-2013 06:06 PM
capecodda
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.
05-13-2013 01:36 PM
copacabana
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.
05-13-2013 12:13 PM
mad_machine
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.
05-13-2013 12:07 PM
cthoops
Re: Mooring ball too close?

No offense taken it all.

I'm not sure how many feet of line it's on (it's just the line that is supplied with the mooring), but it definitely doesn't look like 20-30 feet. I'll take a look at that when we're back there on Friday though.
05-13-2013 12:02 PM
denverd0n
Re: Mooring ball too close?

Please don't take offense, but just to be sure...

You don't have your boat excessively far away from your own mooring, do you? I have seen boats with 20' or 30' of line between their boat and the mooring pendant. No need for that much.
05-13-2013 11:51 AM
34crealock
Re: Mooring ball too close?

As joe said if it has excess chain you might be able to yank it back away with your dink. Power boats and sailboats usually don't swing at anchor together. They will each react to wind and current in different ways. A deep keel sailboat should moor near other deep keel sailboats. When I pickup a mooring I generally back down on it to stretch it out and to make sure it is secure.
05-13-2013 11:48 AM
Ferretchaser
Re: Mooring ball too close?

Just use the dink to pull the ball away a bit. The chain should them keep it put with no boat hanging on it.
05-13-2013 11:39 AM
blutoyz
Re: Mooring ball too close?

No reason to stress if it remains vacant
05-13-2013 11:29 AM
cthoops
Re: Mooring ball too close?

There seems to be plenty of room to swing around. It was quite windy yesterday and we were turning quite a bit. It's just that our closest point to the ball behind us is around six feet or so. But that ball is going to remain unassigned. Maybe I'm obsessing over nothing. Or not. I don't know. Sigh.
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