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Re: Making the Mooring...
You are correct: the mad dash to the bow is amateur. Never do it. Plan your approach from downwind, under main only of course, tacking slowly up to the mooring. Plan things, this is the trick, so the boat ends up moving very slowly as the mooring ball is about midship at the rail with the boom on the opposite tack. You have already rigged a long painter from the bow, outside everything, and ready to grab somewhere aft of the shrouds. Pick up the mooring ball, or whatever, with the boat hook and tie on your painter. You have plenty of time as the ball and you are moving slowly to windward. The ball should have some distance of scope to be slack. Easy peasy, piece of cake. If the boat doesn't end up at the right speed at the right place casually sail around like you meant to miss it and try again.
If somehow you end up on the wrong tack the painter may go under the boat. But you are tied on so this can be somehow worked out later....after a congratulatory beer.
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