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Simplifying mooring pick up
Picking up moorings can present a challenge, particularly so if tried single handed. It is a prime time for crew to fall overboard and cause damage to other boats in tight mooring areas.

Fenders arrangements for two yachts to come alongside
When two vessels come alongside in an anchorage they tend to role at slightly different frequencies and push aside their fenders. This makes it challenging to protect the vessels from each other.

Making it easier to get a warp on a marina mooring cleat or post
Warps are not convenient to get on a mooring cleat. Loops tend to fall flat and closed as opposed to an open lasso that is much easier to get around a mooring cleat or post.

Cannot keep the fenders from riding up and exposing the topsides
Certain surges cause fenders to ride up and leave the topsides unprotected. Also if very rough conditions are expected fenders may not adequately protect the vessel.

Protecting mooring warps with chains
Rough harbour walls and marina cleats can badly chafe mooring warps.

Getting the vessel away from a tight quayside berth without a supporting breeze
Mooring space along a quayside can be at a premium with very little available at the bow or stern to power a vessel out. This can be made particularly challenging if a breeze is pushing the vessel onto the quay.

Making coming alongside easier, especially shorthanded
Coming along side can be a challenge. The boat has to be tethered with shorelines quickly so she does not overrun or fall off forcing a complete new berthing attempt. This is made much more difficult if operating shorthanded where it is difficult to get so many shorelines out in the short period available.

Gaining more control and saving handwork when working the anchor chain
The anchor chain can be very hard on the hands back and shoulders. When the chain is running out the chain has to be slowed and belay, as often as not, entirely by handwork around a chain post. Taking the chain in is particularly hard work without the benefit of a windlass. It requires constant belaying and releasing with your hands working a loaded chain.


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