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Re: How does a boat break free of its moorings?

Have to agree that nearly 6 months unattended and unused points to using a lift - as long as that lift is sound, and appropriate for the shape of the boat. If it's a CB C25 you shouldn't need a 'keel boat' cradle on the lift, which should simplify things. (a regular speedboat lift ought to do it)

Here's another thought... is there a ramp and a storage yard nearby? I'd be sorely tempted (to avoid the lift cost and complexity) to haul the boat for your absence. Far fewer worries the whole time you're away. A trailer ought to cost a lot less than a lift. Keep her in the water while you're there (quicker access to sailing) put her away when you're not.

As to your title question, chafing mooring lines that eventually part, large surges and wash from storms and passing traffic.. in some cases boats did not break away but instead chewed themselves to bits on the dock when improperly sprung in their berths, some of which sank on the spot..


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