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Ultimate mooring attachment

I've been trying to imagine a way to attach a mooring pennant or possibly anchor rode to a sailboat that would be seriously secure.

The typical way with deck mounted cleats is just asking for trouble.

I saw a Bene 32S5 on a mooring with very good pennants bounce up and down about five feet in the waves. This boat has a small overhanging cast aluminum fitting at the bow to hold two anchor chain rollers.

The mooring had two pennants. They were not run over the chain rollers but directly to the cleats and well protected with chafing gear. The boat pitched so much that a pennant caught the chain roller fitting and snapped it off. The jagged fitting cut the pennant.

I'm trying to figure out how the boat could have been secured to prevent this.

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Re: Ultimate mooring attachment

Shock cord to take up slack in the line...fast
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Re: Ultimate mooring attachment

As usual, Maine Sail has some great advice:

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Re: Ultimate mooring attachment

My mooring.. bullet proof

Working Line:

3/4" nylon brain on braid with heavy duty mooring compensator, plu bullet float, 1/2 Nicro snap hook and 5/8" SS bow eye (w/ backing plate.) This line cannot chafe!

Security Line

3/4" nylon braid braid on braid w/ fire hose chafe for security line (slack)
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