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Protecting the topsides from the mooring buoy

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What is the issue?
Once the moorings have been picked up and belayed, the vessel has a tendency to run on pulling the mooring buoy tight against the hull. This also may happen whilst unattended on moorings. If wind and current are turning about or working in opposition, yachts have a tendency to press forward against a mooring buoy. Unfortunately many mooring buoys that have protruding metal parts can easily scratch and mark the topsides.

Why address this?
A badly scratched boat hull is entirely unwanted.

How to address this?
If it is a personal mooring you can take some measures.

Whip the eye until it is entirely covered with line and then buff it with a steel brush so no hard whip edges remain. Cushion any further metal parts with a fabric matt as appropriate so that the top sides cannot touch any metal object.

Hard mooring lines can also mark and chafe the gel coat and it makes sense to also pad the lines.

[centreimage "eoceanic_padding_to_protect_topsides.jpg" 450 Padding to protect topsides
Photo: Michael Harpur

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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