Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Re: Leaving your dingy on a mooring while you're day sailing?
This is an old thread, but what the heck. I've had a boat on a mooring since 2004.
I have two pendants, about 15' long, and a mooring pick up stick tied to the mooring ball with a line that is also about 15' long. The painter on my dink is about 10' long and I have a large brass spring clip at the end. I take my dink out to the boat, clip the painter to the rear pulpit, and then load my passengers and gear. When it's time to leave I walk the dink forward and clip it to the forward pulpit. Then I drop the pick up stick into the water, take one mooring pendant off the cleat, and I clip the dink painter to it. I then drop the eye of the mooring pendant over the pick up stick. I take the other pendant off the boat and drop that on top of the pick up stick too. Then i motor / sail / drift away from the mooring and have my fun.
When I return to my mooring. I coast upwind towards the pick up stick. If I do it correctly, I just walk forward, grab the stick, take one pendant off the pick up stick and place it on a bow cleat. Now i can take my time getting the other pendant, unclipping the dink painter, putting the pendant on the other bow cleat. taking the pick up stick out of the water, etc.
It's all very easy to do and I do it by myself just about every time. The only time it might get challenging is it the wind is up. Then I just need to be sure I get to the bow quickly, so I get one pendant on before the wind blows the bow off, etc.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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