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Boat Tips: A Simple Guide To Moor Your Boat

by Ted Davidson

You are thinking of mooring your boat, but perhaps you are not sure what you must do to get your boat ready for long-term storing. The following guide should help you understand how mooring is helpful. And it will also show you some basic steps to help prepare your boat for storage.

Mooring Offers Protection

Your boat should be protected from the following when you opt for mooring:

  • Swiveling
  • Tidal surges
  • High or strong winds
  • Shifting currents

Now you should consider a few things to help you moor your boat properly.

Mooring Tips

To moor your boat properly, you will need a pennant, buoy, light chain, swivel shacks, heavy chains, and an anchor. You should consider the following as you search for the right mooring tools:

The Pennant

There are several options when it comes to pennants, but you should try to get the strongest one available. This is important because the pennant will need to withstand stretching and possible abrasion. Both nylon and polyester are good materials that can withstand water wear and stretching. Be sure that the material is braided and has gear chafe sleeves for added strength and durability.  

The Buoy

You will also need a buoy attached to your pennant as well. The buoy helps absorb the shock of waves or harsh weather. Be sure that your buoy comes with stopper rings, as they help prevent damage on the pennant or the buoy itself.

The Chains

The next thing you want to consider are the chains you need to keep your boat in place. The length of the entire chain should be much longer than the high tide where you are going to anchor your boat. This could change should you be mooring your boat in a region with strong shifting currents, so talk to your mooring specialist to see if you need to take any additional precautions and specifications.

The Anchor

You also need to consider the anchoring device that you will end up using for your boat. This could either be a pyramid anchor, block anchor, or a mushroom anchor. The pyramid anchor is usually better for hard floors or sandy sea floors, while rocky sea beds work better with block anchors. The preferred type of anchor for mooring is a mushroom anchor, especially for soft sea beds because these types of anchors create a suction over the sea floor. The suction is strong and durable, making this a good choice for long-term mooring.  

There you have it; hopefully this guide was able to shed some light on proper mooring. To learn more, speak with someone like Rock Solid Storage LLC.