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07-17-2013 09:23 AM
Re: picking up a mooring single handed

It's amazing what I learn on here. Thanks to the real pros.
06-29-2013 08:27 PM
Re: picking up a mooring single handed

I've been pretty good at checking dates before replying to a thread wonder how this one was showing on newer posts. Oh well
06-29-2013 08:17 PM
Brent Swain
Re: picking up a mooring single handed

A big stainless shepherds hook made out of solid 3/4 inch stainless shaft makes hooking the mooring and getting the boat stopped much easier. You keep it tight till the boat is stopped then run your permanent line thru and take the hook out. Easier done from the cockpit. A halyard snap shackle is quicker to snap than a turn around a cleat, and thus less likely to get away on you..
06-29-2013 05:32 PM
Re: picking up a mooring single handed

All of these methods above are cheaper than getting married.
06-29-2013 12:03 PM
Re: picking up a mooring single handed


Let's hope the OP has learned how to it by now.
06-28-2013 09:41 PM
Re: picking up a mooring single handed

It can be fun.... to watch also
06-28-2013 09:14 PM
Re: picking up a mooring single handed

At my club most all the larger boats are on moorings and I've done fairly well with the pick up stick and matching speed to current UNLESS it's windy or churned up. But I've done this dozens maybe hundreds of times and every time it is PRACTICE

It's actually easier to do solo or until I teach a friend.

Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
What I often do is even funnier... I just back up to the mooring ball, and then tie off via a stern line...
I've gotta try that! (with a line to bow to the stern for pick up) should work.. the mooring chain would be upstream of the ball and stick. if the boat missed it would move downstream and not tangle.
04-11-2007 10:08 AM
jasonr575 thanks guys for all the advice, i had actually thought of the mooring line on the stern and a line from the bow cleat to the stern outside the lifelines but for some reason was reluctant to believe that if i thougt of it it could work. You guys reassured me. Thanks. i will give it a try when the time comes.
04-11-2007 06:38 AM
sailingdog Dave-

Your method complicates things... why use two lines when one will do? Why make it so you have to go forward and back again, if you can simplify it.

Just lead a long line from a bow cleat, through the bow chocks and then around the outside of the lifelines back to the cockpit and use that. As you bring the line forward you can guide it and control the boat dropping back fairly easily.

The more complicated you make something, and the more steps you add into it, the more chances you have for screwing it up IMHO.
04-11-2007 05:33 AM
Originally Posted by jasonr575
I have a 37 morgan. Want to learn to single handle the boat. the one thing i am having trouble arranging is the fact i am on a mooring and have an idea how to leave but picking up the mooring when i return seems tough. Anybody have experience and tips? There is a catch. my mooring is on a river and there is almost alwasy a current up or down the river and the mooring field is not overly crouded but fairly close. It is not as simple as bring the bow to the mooring and hit neutral and walk to the bow and pick it up. It has to be done from the cockpit. Any ideas are welcome.
Why sure....It won't look terribly "nautical: but WTF...rig the mooring line in a way that you pick up the line, slip it over a sterncleat, lead a longer line forward, cleat that off, release the stern, allow boat to swing and then "shorten up" the bow line.....
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