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Keith Silliman posted 02-10-2001 05:14 AM ET (US)   Profile for Keith Silliman  
This year I will be keeping my Montauk on a relatively small Adirondack Lake. I intend to keep it moored offshore, in about four feet of water. I am looking for advice regarding the best mooring anchor, line and buoy configuration; also how to secure the boat to the buoy--not having done this before. It is possible that the boat will be left unattended for up to two weeks.

Thanks.

Keith Silliman

jimh posted 02-10-2001 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would tend to favor using two mooring pennant lines from the mooring float, one to the bow towing eye and a second with more slack to the bow chock/mooring post. If the first line wears through, the second line picks up.

For an anchor I've seen many lakes where concrete is used for mooring anchors. The concrete is usually cast locally and has a steel eye set into it for attachment of chain to the float. The concrete may be cast into a shape that will eventually bury itself.

Another popular mooring--seen quite a few of these--is an old V-8 engine block, although this is not quiet eco-friendly these days.

--jimh

bigz posted 02-10-2001 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Keith,

Here are a few more thoughts on Jim's excellent suggestions ---

From the "anchor" or heavy concrete block eye you want a heavy chain 3/8 probably be fine shackled to it, the length should be approximately 1.5 the depth of the water (6' in your case, weight around 8lbs ), then shackled to the heavy chain you want a light chain (5/16 or so, about 4', weight about 4lbs) using two shackles (eye to eye), this chain should equal the depth of the water to the surface --- the light chain is shackled to a swivel and the swivel is shackled to the buoy -- the thimble end of the pendant is shackled to the top rung of the swivel below the buoy --- you'll need a good quality buoy (Scanmarin are very good and reasonable) based on your chain weights it should be rated at 20lbs buoyancy ---- you can also attach a second pendant as Jim describes above ---

Oh almost forgot all the shackles should be wired using safety stainless wire.

One of the best pre-made pendant mooring lines with a thimble and pre-spliced eye is the Yale ones you don't need their Poldyne line the three strand nylon will be fine.

Tom

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