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Top Tips for extended cruising

This feature will focus on some top tips for extended cruising. If you have one that you want to share please send it to the editor.

Mooring Buoys made simple – with a couple of useful loops


1. Approaching the buoy, crew indicates the direction of the buoy relative to the bow.

Loop No 1
2.
Crew makes off line at each end on either side of the bow. This making a big loop. The crew then splits the loop so that they have a coil in each hand Approaching the buoy, crew indicates the direction of the buoy relative to the bow.

3. When very close to the buoy and you have slowed down, the crew throws both coils up and out. If you throw them out and down the chances are that you will miss the buoy

4.The loop falls over the buoy and holds the buoy securely. Check any markings on the buoy to ensure that the mooring is suitable for your boat.

5.With the boat hook pick up the buoy’s own line.

Loop No 2
6.
A small loop with 2 or 3 mm line allows you to easily pick the line up with a boat hook. This line is used to secure you to the buoy. A small length of chain spliced in the middle will ensure that chaffing through in not an issue

7.Use the boat hook to guide the end of the rope through the buoy’s ring.

8.The thin loop can then be picked up at the end of the rope with the boat hook.

9.Your own line is then made secure and you can remove the first loop that you through over the buoy.