I was curious about your mooring line observation, above. It sounds like you are suggesting that she cleated the thinner pick up line and not the thicker pendant/pendent (that will have a loop). If she did that, that would be odd. As you probably know, the thinner pick up line is tied on one end to the pendent and the other end is tied to any type of light bouy (on one end of the spectrum, a plastic milk jug - on the other a nice lobster bouy type float with a wand sticking up). The idea with the thinner line, is that it is easier to catch with the boat hook and that it is easier to pull up thicker pendent with your hands than with a boat hook. Once the thicker pendent is aboard, its loop gets thrown over the center, beefier cleat. At that point, the thinner line and its bouy is aboard and it serves no purpose. You could cleat it. Some people throw it back overboard. I hang it from a lifeline hoping the bouy scares birds away. Anyway, that is the basic setup. Many harbors have their own systems that can be interestingly different. Cuttyhunk type mooring has no pendent and no light line. Westport, Ma, you bring the mooring bouy aboard. Anyway, the initial system I describe should allow you to get off your mooring quickly, by just taking loop off cleat and tossing the whole kit and caboodle overboard. Any other type system, should not take much more time than that.
So, I'll try to describe this as best I can, which won't be very good. Also, it's dangerous to start any sailing-related sentence being spoken to me with "As you probably know."
The pendant lines (thank you, I couldn't remember what they were called—my ASA 101 class didn't really cover mooring, just docking) did
go around the cleat. But they're very thick (especially relative to the cleat), so it looked like they might be too bulky to really get on there as cleanly as Lauren wanted them to be. So after hooking them over the cleat, she then used a thinner, free line (by which I mean, a line that wasn't attached to anything else, i.e. not
the pickup line) to basically tie down the pendant lines to the cleat so that they couldn't work themselves loose. Basically, the pendant lines were hooked over the cleat, and then tied to the cleat with a separate line in what my untrained eyes would have considered something akin to a rat's nest. I'll have to ask her about it the next time I'm on board and/or take a picture of it.
The pickup line and its attached lobster-trap-esque buoy were hauled on board, and the pickup line itself just got hitched around one of the stanchions.
After all of that
was done, she also tied another line
whose name I forget, but which was itself attached to the boat more center-wards (it might've been tied around the base of the mast), through one or possibly both of the loops on the pendant lines—not to affix them to the cleat any more than they already were, but to make sure they were still attached to something
on the boat (and vice versa) in the even that they wiggled off the cleat itself. That part, at least, made sense to me as a reasonable safety precaution.