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Old 02-13-2020, 01:19 AM   #1
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It pays to check your mooring lines

We had some very heavy weather in Sydney last weekend, below is the unfortunate result. The 44' bounced across the rocks and ended up on its side. She was on a mooring. I would think the insurance company will look very carefully to ensure the mooring had been lifted and checked as per their conditions.

She has been in that position for five days now, it's being lifted this afternoon. The hull is now in a very sad state indeed.

No morning swim for me for a while, our normally pristine little beach is a bit of a mess. Feel for the owner though. A bloke retrieved his ensign from the cabin, it was handed to him as he stood on the beach.

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Old 02-13-2020, 02:41 AM   #2
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I saw that on a TV news report, which reckoned it 'was a million dollar boat' in a throwaway 5 second story. What is the location?

And yes, I suspect the mooring and its lines will be closely looked at. After 5 days of partial flooding with the tides I imagine it is going to be a huge repair bill if done properly.
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Old 02-13-2020, 06:50 AM   #3
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The boat beached at Balmoral, across from middle head in the harbour.
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Agreed about the mooring lines. Sure is sad to see it beached like that.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:15 AM   #5
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I rarely use mooring balls, I simply prefer the convenience of a marine. That being said I wonder if any mooring balls get lifted for inspection around here. I know of a dozen balls owned and operated by a marina which use locomotive wheels for anchors. I have never seen any equipment around which could lift them. I suppose they could "dive" them for inspection. I also know a number of privately owned homemade anchors and balls. I actually shudder to think what may be below the ball.

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It's normally not the anchor itself that fails, but the line/chain etc that attaches the mooring ball to the anchor. Some areas REQUIRE you to use their mooring balls, but then state that they have no liability to you if they fail . . .
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Found this sad interview with the owner on facebook.



With the boat aground and bobbing in the background, she talks about how it happened, plus the looting of the boat that happened after a friend tried to secure the boat to the beach.


https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSsydney...2273563010177/


Also found this picture on the Daily Telegraph website, but they require a subscription to read the story:
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:21 PM   #8
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Same thing happened in Nanoose just north of Comox a few weeks ago. The sea wall failed and as a result the marina was destroyed. Our friend's 60ft Sonship ended up on the rocks after the dock and the steel pilings failed.
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Photos like that one are the reason I go down to the boat every time a big wind is forecasted to check the lines. I know they'll be good, but it eases my blood pressure to check them every time.


Sad to see a boat sitting like that.
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Photos like that one are the reason I go down to the boat every time a big wind is forecasted to check the lines. I know they'll be good, but it eases my blood pressure to check them every time.


Sad to see a boat sitting like that.
Agreed. And if practical, I try to go down as the winds are picking up so I can see how the boat is riding in the slip and ensure that no adjustments are needed based on movement due to wind direction, wave reflections in the basin, etc.
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Many people get thrifty in buying dock lines. Mooring to a ball is better done with your anchor chain.
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Was the mooring buoy rated for a 40ft boat?
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This is how its done by some of the "pro fishermen" in our part of the world.

Tail end of a cyclone milling around, come in and dump it near us then disappear ashore leaving no anchor light on.

Thankfully no wind to speak of from it.
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Found this sad interview with the owner on facebook.



With the boat aground and bobbing in the background, she talks about how it happened, plus the looting of the boat that happened after a friend tried to secure the boat to the beach.


https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSsydney...2273563010177/


Also found this picture on the Daily Telegraph website, but they require a subscription to read the story:
Wife of guy that lost the boat was remarkably civil in referring to looters.

She said that the mooring line chafed on their anchor which is why it failed.

In the newspaper article a guy said lucky no-one was on the boat. But I disagree - had someone been on board they could have got underway and then anchored!
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Brian: I agree being on the boat may have saved her. I found the interview (35 seconds into it), it sounds like the boat was hobby horsing and the mooring line got caught on the anchor and chaffed through.

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Wife of guy that lost the boat was remarkably civil in referring to looters.

She said that the mooring line chafed on their anchor which is why it failed.

In the newspaper article a guy said lucky no-one was on the boat. But I disagree - had someone been on board they could have got underway and then anchored!
An impressive lady! Commiserations to her, and her family.

It`s more common here to have boats kept on moorings, though boats that size are often on a marina. A houseboat near us went aground recently,same thing, mooring line sawed through by contacting anchor.I saw it recently with a sailboat on a National Parks overnight mooring, owner was trying to make adjustments.

Boats that size may use a mooring bridle, which might keep lines clear of the anchor.
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Living on the lake, boats were always getting loose it seems. There was one man in the neighborhood, a bald headed barber which in itself is some cause for concern, who farmed also but nothing ever grew. So one day he was outraged someone had stolen his boat. Got in mine and recalled the way the wind had blown the day before plus knew the current so went a few miles and there it was, blown up on a point. He still swore it was stolen though.
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FWIW, this is taken shortly after the boats bounced off the rocks.

At this stage no officials/police around, however there were some kids retrieving esky's and other paraphernalia from the water around the boat
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Also found this picture on the Daily Telegraph website, but they require a subscription to read the story:

If you delete the cookies from the Daily Telegraph and most news sites, the next time you go to their website you'll have access. Maybe limited to 3 articles and might allow you to view every page for the 1st time. I use an add on - Cookie Autodelete that deletes cookies when I leave a site. Works with Firefox and Chrome.
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I looked at that boat to buy when it was a demo in around 2013/2014, before I bought my current GB46.

From memory itís a 2012 44 Halvorsen. Single Cummins QSC8.3 at 550hp, which was the latest from Cummins at the time.

Pity for the owners, hope the looting ferals get caught.

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