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05-07-2013 03:43 PM
PBzeer
Re: Gadgets to help catching a mooring

Like Maine Sail, all I've used (single handed) is a boat hook .... oh yeah, and the most important piece of equipment, a pair of very heavy duty gloves.
05-07-2013 02:22 PM
downeast450
Re: Gadgets to help catching a mooring

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
Chris If I am reading this right you've got a beautiful Alden 44 and a mooring ball with a top "ring". Please tell me this is a "pass through" ball and you're really connecting directly to the chain?

With proper mooring pendants a simple boat hook has served me well for nearly 38 years... Reach down, pick them up...

Even my neighbor, a single mom, can pull it off effortlessly..
Picking Up The Mooring - YouTube

Yup! Deha!

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05-07-2013 11:38 AM
krisscross
Re: Unused gear

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Originally Posted by jjablonowski View Post
Couple of years ago I bought a Happy Hooker...
That's what I would like to have on the bow of my boat, bent down low trying to catch the mooring ball, a happy hooker...
05-07-2013 11:26 AM
Aussie Bill
Re: Gadgets to help catching a mooring

There is a new device that picks the line automatically and unassisted. Cheap too. Google Catcher Snatcher. You'll enjoy the video, an angry wife missing the mooring.
01-18-2012 03:11 PM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by Chris King View Post
Yes, Maine Sail, I do have a stunningly gorgeous Alden 44. Most of the time she lives in a slip. On occasion we pick up moorings elsewhere. There are not a lot in northern California.

These are the moorings that have me thinking about the happy hooker:
Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude
Wow scary stuff. I think I'd opt for my anchor over those Rube Goldberg do hickeys....
01-18-2012 11:42 AM
Barquito Gadget to pick up the mooring? I married her 20 years ago
01-18-2012 01:56 AM
Chris King Yes, Maine Sail, I do have a stunningly gorgeous Alden 44. Most of the time she lives in a slip. On occasion we pick up moorings elsewhere. There are not a lot in northern California.

These are the moorings that have me thinking about the happy hooker:
Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude
01-16-2012 01:18 PM
AdamLein I think people want to not have to lie prone on deck to do it.
01-16-2012 10:23 AM
Rockter Since the real challenge is getting the boat stopped, would a big snap shackle not do at first? Tie it on a length warp, reach over, then snap it over the eye?

You could even put two of them of different sizes on the same line, in case the mooring eye is too thick, or the hole in it too small.

Later, with the boat stopped, you could use something more secure, or double up.
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01-15-2012 01:33 PM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by Chris King View Post
My current technique for picking up a mooring take two people. One grabs to mooring with a boat hook while the other lays face down on the fore deck and reaches down to the mooring to thread a line though the ring.

There are some products on the market that promise mooring nirvana. Do they work? Do you have a favorite one? Is there a better way to pick up a mooring without buying one of these things?

Happy Hooker Mooring Hook Tip (Marinetech Products) - Boat Hook Accessories

or

EasyMoor Mooring Hook

There are other things out there that snap a hook to the buoy. It would seem preferable to look a line through for easy retrieval though.

Chris

Chris If I am reading this right you've got a beautiful Alden 44 and a mooring ball with a top "ring". Please tell me this is a "pass through" ball and you're really connecting directly to the chain?

With proper mooring pendants a simple boat hook has served me well for nearly 38 years... Reach down, pick them up...

Even my neighbor, a single mom, can pull it off effortlessly..
Picking Up The Mooring - YouTube
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