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Old 09-24-2015, 02:33 PM   #21
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On a sort of related topic... My harbor uses Helix moorings with 1.5:1 scope chain. And appropriate pennants. Talk about short scope! Anyway their policy is chain removal every 5 years and chain replacing every other cycle.

I amend that to simply putting on new 5/8" chain every 5 years. My pennant I take care of, replacing it every two years. Nylon gets hard and less stretchy after sun exposure. Being cheap with ground tackle leads to indigestion.
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Old 09-24-2015, 02:53 PM   #22
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:23 PM   #23
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A mooring is just a fancy anchor. So you take the same steps and precautions with it you would with an anchor.

Two differences, one positive and one negative. It should be very well anchored and less likely to move than an anchor. It may be poorly anchored and you don't know as much about it as you do about your anchor.
And a mooring is and anchor that doesn't get hauled and inspected after every use.....
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Old 09-24-2015, 11:46 PM   #24
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Maritime here require you service your Maritime licensed mooring annually. Service involves a mooring contractor lifting the whole apparatus, block and all, checking it, replacing anything necessary, and dropping it back where it was. While it is up, your boat is attached to the contractors boat. Process takes maybe half an hour.
I think insurance requires the same procedure. Contractor told me some owners insist on watching, I saw it done by coincidence.
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:21 AM   #25
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Maritime here require you service your Maritime licensed mooring annually. Service involves a mooring contractor lifting the whole apparatus, block and all, checking it, replacing anything necessary, and dropping it back where it was. While it is up, your boat is attached to the contractors boat. Process takes maybe half an hour.
I think insurance requires the same procedure. Contractor told me some owners insist on watching, I saw it done by coincidence.
I think mooring is much more common there. In some parts of the US it is quite minimal. There's also a good bit of opposition by some boaters to replacing free anchorages with paid mooring.
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Craig,

You may be right, however he's been boating for many years. I think it's just his turn in the barrel. I guess he's on a steep learning curve.
Speaking for myself...I'd rather trust my own anchor than an unknown mooring any day, especially at night..!

What is it with people who are so nervous about anchoring, they would rather pay for a marina berth or pick up a mooring, which is infinitely more fiddly, even if it doesn't let go on you.
'course I do have a Sarca...
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Old 09-25-2015, 06:27 AM   #27
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I think mooring is much more common there. In some parts of the US it is quite minimal. There's also a good bit of opposition by some boaters to replacing free anchorages with paid mooring.
If you get to New England, beginning with Long Island Sound, you'll find moorings out number marina slips.
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If you get to New England, beginning with Long Island Sound, you'll find moorings out number marina slips.
We were just there and did see that. That's why I was careful to say some parts of the US. Long Island Sound would be interesting to know the numbers. While the mooring is quite visible, there are a lot of large marinas. Last time we moored was Catalina, but we just did so for the day. About a month later was when the storm hit there.
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The only time I've ever picked up a private mooring was off of an uninhabited cay in the Bahamas where some lobstermen leave their boats, unattended, during the offseason. There is a lot of current there and a hard scoured bottom. Tough holding.

I dove down and inspected the mooring...chain the size of my thigh shackled through an engine block that looked like it came out of an aircraft carrier. No pendent, so I tied directly to the chain.

Slept like a baby.
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