Tom’s Tips About Mooring Tips

By Tom Neale, 1/25/2007

1. Don’t take any of the above seriously. I’m just jealous I don’t have a high bow.

2. Unless you know the people maintaining the mooring, don’t assume that just because you’re on a mooring you’re safe.

3. To the extent that it’s practical and safe to do so, check mooring rigs for signs of wear or deterioration, particularly if you’re expecting weather. Often, poor maintenance at the surface end of the rig may be an indication of poor maintenance down deep.

4. I know of moorings in the Bahamas that are anchored to the bottom with blocks of cement made from salty beach sand decades ago. The chain is attached to rebar which is as old as or older than the cement block. Others are attached to ancient engine blocks which have been rusting away since they were first thrown over.

5. We do NOT use a voice activated walkie talkie set because ambient noises cause it to clip words. We use continuous transmission sets.

6. Judicious use of a bow thruster can vastly improve your chances of picking up that pennant, but take care not to suck it in.

7. Remember that it’s almost always better to simply fall off and abort and come up again rather than to try to recover a blown operation. Just ignore the people around (like me) watching you and take your time, even if it means many tries. We’ve all been there done that too.

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