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A simple approach to picking up moorings
Picking up moorings with the support of a crew requires a lot of communication and can be highly challenging for boats that are high above the water line. It is a prime time to lose objects overboard such as the boat hook, sunglasses, deck shoes up to and including a crew member. It is also a prime time to receive an injury by trapping a finger in a line. Performing this singled handed presents a real problem. At the best of times, it will require significant skill and dashing back and forth from the cockpit to the bow. In tricky crowded waters with strong winds or currents, it may not even be possible.
Making your private moorings convenient to be picked up
Picking up moorings can present a challenge, never more so than for the single-hander and anything that makes it safer and easier has to be welcomed.
Boat hooks that simplify docking and mooring pick up
A boat hook is a standard part of boating equipment. But the regular boat hook is limited to hooking objects or, in the case of a pike pole when it has a blunt tip, to also assist in pushing objects off. Although providing indispensable utility, the standard boat hook is limited in its function.
Protecting the topsides when alongside in a harbour experiencing extreme conditions
The best of ports are exposed to surges when the weather is bad outside. This has the unfortunate tendency of causing a vessel's fenders to ride up, and leaves its topsides unprotected. If you are preparing to endure something very rough whilst alongside, fenders may not even be man enough for the job.
Protecting mooring warps from damage rough piers and bollards
Rough harbour walls and marina cleats can badly chafe mooring warps.
Getting the vessel away from a berth without a supporting breeze
Mooring space can be at a premium in many locations. This leaves very little space available at the bow or stern of a vessel to steer it out. This can make it very difficult to get a vessel away and particularly challenging if a breeze is pushing it on.
Taking a vessel alongside and holding it stationary with just one dock line
Coming alongside a berth or slipping one can be a challenge. In the case of coming alongside, the boat has to be tethered with shorelines quickly so that it does not overrun or fall off forcing the helmsman to go around again to make another attempt. When departing, at least the last two shorelines have to be released from the wall or pontoon in quick succession. This is a challenge for two-handed vessels, because once one end of the boat is let off you then have to run to release the other almost immediately and clamber aboard. Even with slip lines set, the person releasing the lines has to run from one end of the boat to the other and it requires more time to take in the long lengths of line that form the bight. Single handers are severely challenged.
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 belayed, and as often as not, entirely by handwork around a chain post. Chain work cannot be escaped either with an anchor windlass as they are not designed to take the continual strain of laying to an anchor, the ground tackle has to be belayed to an appropriately designed strongpoint. If the vessel does not have the benefit of a windlass this work will be excessive.