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Keith Silliman posted 04-30-2001 07:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for Keith Silliman  
I am constructing a mooring for my Montauk-- I will be leaving it on an Adirondack Lake for the Summer. Here is my question-- for those of you using moorings-- how do you attach your boat when you are going to leave it unattended for several days? Do you fit the line through the bow chocks and then around the bow cleat? or do you attach the line to the bow lifting eye? What is the most secure way to go? Thanks.

P.S.: Putting the Whaler in for the first time this year tonight after work on the Hudson River. Can't wait.


Clark Roberts posted 04-30-2001 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Keith, I would suggest a primary line (at least 1/2" dia) from tow eye to mooring and a safety line (at least 3/8" dia) from norman pin (through bow bit) to mooring...
Tom W Clark posted 04-30-2001 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Convention wisdom and advise suggests, as Clark does, A primary mooring line and a secondary mooring line. I certainly won't say this is bad advise, but I personally use just a single mooring line. I have done so since the early 70's and never lost a boat. My boats have always been (when on a mooring) at Agate Pass at the North end of Bainbridge Island, WA where the current runs up to 6 knots.

My mooring line, which I have used on all my Whalers, is at least 10' long. It consists of 1/2" line spliced onto a large stainless steel snap at each end. This line snaps onto the bow eye when in use. When departing my mooring I generally unsnap it and stow it. In fact, It goes out with me and the boat any time I go out whether or not I think I will be encountering a mooring. It is simply standard equipment.

rwest posted 04-30-2001 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
I have a 30 year old refurbished Nauset. My mooring is at a dock with a stand off pole. I have a 3/8" stern line going to a ss pulley on the piling. I use a cement weight attached to the line to keep the stern off from the dock. The bow has 3/8" double braid line atached to a dock pile. As the tied drops or rises, (2 feet) the weight keeps the boat in its place. Good for short term but would add a security spring line if keeping overboard for longer period.
bigz posted 04-30-2001 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Clark definitely has stated the correct safe way to moor, in fact about all the folks I know from Maine to Florida use a "safety" line.
Just plain common sense I'd say.
jimh posted 05-01-2001 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would rig the mooring with two mooring penants. The primary one hooked to the towing eye. The secondary one hooked to the lifting eye in the bow cockpit area. Rig the two penants so that the secondary line is slack when the primary line is in tension.

If the primary penant should part, the secondary penant will pick up the stain anew.

Also be sure to provide chafing protection to the secondary penant as it will rub on the gunwales. Leather chafing guards sewn on the line are the best and look shippy, too.

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