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11-19-2011 11:34 PM
BostonSailor I know that cove well. Fun overnight spot, but those outer moorings can be tough because the strong ebb/flood current can run against wind direction and make the boat lay at funky angles. I've had some luck setting the rudder at different angles and have also hoisted the mooring ball and lashed it to the clear. I've found the northern side less pronounced. Fair winds!
11-06-2011 04:00 PM
Capt Len One sure doesn't want the copper paint scrubbing off the wooden hull by the mooring bouy. It's unsightly and the worms can get at you.I've used a mooring several times in the last 40 years or so but used the 12 ft bowsprit and a snatch block to the winch. I realize this isn't the answer for most of you but that's why gaffers rule.
11-03-2011 05:38 PM
smallboatlover Around were i live in the basin this happens all the time. ive never seen any one do some thing about it. on some of the boats there marks on the hull bottom paint from the buoy wearing off on the hull of the boat. i did see some one putting pool floats around the buoy
10-14-2011 05:06 AM
RXBOT How about a pool noodle around the mooring ball? As the noodles are soft should be quiet and easy on hull surface.
10-13-2011 10:35 PM
fallard When all else fails, you might place a "necklace" of fenders (tied end-to-end) around the hard mooring buoy. You will still bump, but the noise will be substantially reduced. We've used this technique on more than one occasion.
10-13-2011 09:17 AM
stuart 1965
Originally Posted by baboon View Post
As noted above this is an issue in the PNW given alternating wind and currents. I use a length of shock cord to keep the buoy away from the hull when things are calm. As wind or current picks up the cord stretches, and the load is taken up by the proper mooring line. This only works if you have a decent overhange and/or a pulpit.
I tried this [commercial link deleted - tdw] after the bow and anchor ring had a little get together. As usual, it was the bow that came off worse !
10-03-2011 07:17 PM
Originally Posted by Faster View Post
That's not fair!
There's got to be some advantantages for not going to windward.......i2f
10-03-2011 06:23 PM
Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
Is there anything wrong with mooring lines attached to the stern? It seems to have worked.
Nothing, unless your mooring field is prone to large breaking waves :P In fact the boat will probably be more stable when tied from the stern.

I have anchored from the stern before and found that the noise of even very small waves lapping against the hull and transom to be a bit.... surprising. I didn't try to sleep through it.
10-03-2011 04:42 PM
Barquito Is there anything wrong with mooring lines attached to the stern? It seems to have worked.
10-03-2011 10:19 AM
mm2187 You could use extra fenders or a larger swimming noodle and tie them together around the mooring bouy to stop the banging.
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