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Old 09-30-2015, 09:50 AM   #21
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I'm not all that familiar with picking up moorings but this seems an excellent mooring service and procedure at Avalon. I had to watch the video a couple of times to fully understand it.

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Old 09-30-2015, 11:35 AM   #22
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Pull up to the ball at the stern side gate, slip the free end of a mooring line through the ring and then through the eye of the line. Pull in the line. As the boat starts to fall back downwind, move the line quickly to the bow. If there is heavy weather coming or if we will be there a while, we will add a 2nd line via dinghy with the loop end interlocked with the ring.
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Old 09-30-2015, 11:39 AM   #23
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You are correct. Avalon Harbor has an excellent mooring service and procedure. We spent a week in Avalon and had to move on the last two days to make room for the mooring ball owners. Nothing to it. You just pick up the wand with the mooring line attached, drop the eye of the mooring line over your Sampson post, and run the lead weighted sand line aft to secure to a cleat. The sheriff's deputies are always willing to help newbies or single-handers. After many years of visiting Avalon, we were not boarded by the "poop police" to put dye in our heads. Seems that once you have established a track record of compliance they no longer do the dye thing. Of course, any violation results in banishment from the island for one year. In the photo, we have just entered Avalon Harbor and being greeted by the Harbor Patrol for payment and assignment of the mooring ball.
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Old 09-30-2015, 11:44 AM   #24
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I'm not all that familiar with picking up moorings but this seems an excellent mooring service and procedure at Avalon. I had to watch the video a couple of times to fully understand it.
I had to watch it several times because I did not hear a single word she said!
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:51 PM   #25
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I'm not all that familiar with picking up moorings but this seems an excellent mooring service and procedure at Avalon. I had to watch the video a couple of times to fully understand it.
I might have to watch that a few times myself.
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:37 PM   #26
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Mooring ball question...

My bow is 10' off the water and I found a great way to catch mooring balls single handed.

Just prior to reaching the mooring field run a long line, (approximately the length of your boat)from your forward bow cleat down the side of your trawler on the outside of your vessel and tie it off at your midship cleat.

Pull up to the mooring ball nice and slow based on wind and current bringing your boat to a stop with the mooring ball right at midship. Go the mid ship cleat get your line and feed it through the mooring ball pendent and walk the line back up to the bow tying it off to the opposite bow cleat and reel in the line as the boat swings around.

Works every time, of course it's easier if you have a side boarding door that can be locked open when approaching the ball, just practice being able to bring the ball right beside your hull at a slow speed so you can stop her right beside the ball.

Good luck of course other boaters will be watching as we all do and you will impress them with your skills.
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