Maxwellian Posted August 31, 2014 Share Posted August 31, 2014 Not sure if this is in the right area, but I am sure the Mods can put it where it should be. We spent the last two weeks just pottering about, being onvertaken by many and not actually overtaking many at all. We loved it. Taking it easy and just relaxing at the moorings gave us an opportunity to see many boats come in to moor. With the strong winds and tidal flows some of the moorings were extremely interesting indeed. It was not always hire craft but also the odd private craft. So I thought it would be a good time for the more experienced of you could share how to do it and some of your favourate tips. I always try to plan in advance and know the tide times (and have them to hand) and which way the river is flowing. I keep an eye on the wind and anticipate which way it will be blowing for the mooring that I am approaching or planning to use. I approach my intended mooring spot into the wind or tide which ever I think is strongest even if this means going past my intended spot and turning around where it is safe to do so. Approach at an angle I try 30 to 45 degrees. Make sure you approach slowly. As I get close I give the stern a little (very short burst) flick of power to bring the back in only slightly after the bow. Use reverse power to bring the boat to a halt. My SWMBO has both stern and bow ropes in her hands steps off the boat (no jumping) and I help tie up. With the ropes already in the right position I have moored on my own if she is busy. I use clove hitches running the rope back to the boat. This is how we do it. I am sure that there is lots of room for improvement, and that some will point it out.......the moor (pun intended) the merrier. This year we had some walkytalky radios with ear sets. This worked very well especially for stern mooring as we were on a bath tub. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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