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02-08-2008 10:06 AM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by TomandKarens34 View Post
In a big storm like that, about nowhere is safe. Well, maybe South Freeport. I won't live long enough to get through that waiting list or be able to afford it if I did. So... Willards beach is mostly sheltered by Cushing Island to the northeast, and a bigger one who's name I don't recall. The rollers from the ocean don't really get there much. Usually there are just enough waves to keep you from getting a good nights sleep. Power boats always whip by there constantly all day. I have been there when it was quite calm, but that's the exception to the rule. You should listen to the mooring guys and step up as much as three steps, for you that would be a 500# mushroom. Properly set, with well thought out pennants, anti-chafe sleaves and sturdy shock absorbers, your boat would probably come apart before you dragged. Willards beach is cheap and the wait isn't too long. Besides, you could enjoy the extraordinary status of being a member of the exaulted Willard Beach Allstars Yacht Club. (That would be the four Sailnet'rs that are moored there. )
I rode out that storm in Broad Cove where I live & keep my "storm mooring". I would have been fine in Falmouth too but I worry about other boats much more than mine.

Bellow is a Photo of my bottom chain. It weighs about 10lbs. per link and I have over 25 feet of it. 99% of the time I never even budge the bottom chain but when I do get into a blow the weight of it gives me a great caternary and my boat NEVER jerks at her bit!!

Properly sized top chain (5/8 or 3/4), bottom chain (USCG surplus or equivalent) a good and properly sized mooring (NOT CEMENT!), and two bullet proof pendants, of unequal length, such as Yale Polydyne (with stainless thimble) with AMPLE chafe protection and a very large eye/eye swivel (minimum 7/8" or 1") and you'll be fine most places with a 30 foot boat.

The biggest worry are the other schmucks who could care less about properly mooring their vessel! My last boat suffered five figure damage because a guy "cut a corner" and used cheap, imported "cast" not "forged" shackles as he should have. His top and bottom chain parted at the shackle and he hit my boat and seven others causing over 100k in total damages. All this because he though he could save $4.00 on the price of a shackle... $4.00 vs. $100,000.00........????

Again, mooring location and mooring tackle are no area to cut corners and we do get a fair number of storms in this area over 40+ knots each season..

Size of one bottom chain link:

Top and bottom chain:


P.S. This is one of the moorings (Falmouth not Broad cove) I used on my Catalina 310 and currently use on my CS-36..
02-07-2008 10:01 PM
TomandKarens34 In a big storm like that, about nowhere is safe. Well, maybe South Freeport. I won't live long enough to get through that waiting list or be able to afford it if I did. So... Willards beach is mostly sheltered by Cushing Island to the northeast, and a bigger one who's name I don't recall. The rollers from the ocean don't really get there much. Usually there are just enough waves to keep you from getting a good nights sleep. Power boats always whip by there constantly all day. I have been there when it was quite calm, but that's the exception to the rule. You should listen to the mooring guys and step up as much as three steps, for you that would be a 500# mushroom. Properly set, with well thought out pennants, anti-chafe sleaves and sturdy shock absorbers, your boat would probably come apart before you dragged. Willards beach is cheap and the wait isn't too long. Besides, you could enjoy the extraordinary status of being a member of the exaulted Willard Beach Allstars Yacht Club. (That would be the four Sailnet'rs that are moored there. )
02-07-2008 09:42 PM
maccauley123
Handy Boat

I have kept my 30 foot boat at Handy Boat in Falmouth for the last few years and have been very happy with it. Right in the heart of Casco Bay, a short sail to Portland or to any of the major islands in Casco Bay.

A Falmouth mooring permit is $250 and renting a mooring at Handy is about 1200 I think. The field is big so the launch service is real handy. My mooring was at the edge of the field so would have been a long row. They have a great restaurant right there also and a good outdoor pub. This is the only one I have been at in the area but have been happy with it. Reasonably well protected. My boat was not in the water yet for that big storm a few years ago.

I am actually not going to be at Handy Boat any longer, got a mooring much closer to home. My spot will be available although I have no idea if I can pass mine on to you in any way. I will be selling my mooring gear though so that might be of interest. Just replaced chain and pendant recently so gear should be in good shape. PM me if interested.
02-07-2008 09:13 PM
Preserved Wow. Were those two boats at a dock? Looks like they hit a floating dock. I hate seeing pictures like that. In south portland, on a mooring, and a storm is coming..is there any where to hole-up? I can't think of anything that's not many miles away.

-Jeff
02-07-2008 07:37 PM
sailingdog That's why I'm glad my marina is very well protected.
02-07-2008 07:35 PM
soulesailor Ouch!!!! Was that the storm two falls ago? My boat was moored out at Willard Beach...I wore through a double layer of fire-hose chafe protection and my boat was jerking to a halt at the mooring and shipping green waves over the bow. That marina was out of commission all summer, if I remember correctly. Portland is very exposed, no f-ing foolin'.
02-07-2008 07:14 PM
Maine Sail
Friends of mine

Friends of mine who are very, very knowlegeable and who have sailed over 30,000 nm in the last two years lost their Tartan in SoPo. It was properly secured but that location is EXPOSED...

Robinhood Marine is another location but getting in and out of the cove requires a good working engine!!

Cheap is one thing but DO NOT cut corners on protection to save a few bucks!

Here's Why: Same end of the bay!!

02-07-2008 01:47 PM
Preserved Thanks everyone. This is all good information to me. My boat is a 30foot, with a 4'3" draft. At this point, I'm looking at getting on a waiting list for East End Beach in Portland, or making the drive up to Rockland. I'd buy the tackle for East End Beach. South Portland would be the closest for us, but I'm not sure I like the busyness or exposure to the NE wind. That's why I was thinking of somewhere closer to Freeport. Thanks for the info on Dolphin, I'll stay clear.

Unless I can find a good rental situation, I'll just have to put myself on a few waiting lists and hope for the best. I suppose I can't be too choosy at this point.

Tom, just how exposed is your mooring? I imagine it gets quite rough with n'easter.

Price? We'll we're looking to get away as cheaply as possible of course. And have a nice spot! One that's close, quiet, beautiful, easy to access, protected and cheap!

-Jeff
02-07-2008 01:03 PM
soulesailor Jeff, this site will get things going for your search around portland: http://www.portlandharbor.org/mooringapp.html

Greater Portland is a pretty busy place so if you are really interested in some place quieter I would look into places like Harpswell or eastern Casco Bay. Anyone who sells a mooring (at least in the jurisdiction of portland) is only selling the GEAR, not the spot. You will still have to contact the Portland Harbor Master and get put on the waiting list. He is a very nice person but difficult to get a hold of. If you want to live aboard, forget about anything in the Portland area, they are all too exposed and rough. Your nearest shot would be Halekai's info on Falmouth.
02-07-2008 12:02 PM
TomandKarens34 Hi Jeff, I have a mooring in South Portland. It's an exposed mooring, but not too bad. $140 per year. Parking isn't great. If there's room you can park right by the beach. There's only room for about 5 cars. After that you can park at the ramp at Bugs Light. That cost $5 and you have to walk 1/2 mile back. I drive to the beach, unload the gear, dingy, and motor, then park at the light. Given the low cost of the mooring, I can deal with it. Dingys are on the beach too. Most folks just leave them there. Its not a good mooring if you want to sleep on your boat. Just a little too much movement for a good nights sleep. Willards Beach. List is about 1 year, I think. You might get one this year if you act now.
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