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Unlike ordinary anchoring, a permanent mooring system is designed for leaving your boat unattended for long intervals. Aside from unavoidable corrosion, chains biggest wear comes from continually brushing the bottom. When selecting chain, there are 3 basic considerations: grade (metal tensile strength), diameter (thickness of chain) and coil (opening size).
Proof coil, also known as Common Coil chain, is the standard commercial quality regularly stocked by hardware and industrial supply houses.
Maybe it’s just me but I seem to spend a disproportinate amount of time moving, going to or leaving with boats, at night. The fellow who had recruited me to be the boat captain, Lee Killingworth and I drove into the industrial area in which the refit had been done.
Tonight, at Hinckley it was the same kind of wet, chill, dank, bleak night, something out of Dickens perhaps. Again as in Perth, the whole scene reminded one of a 1930’s Raymond Chandler gangster novel. He stood there, big and bulky, dense really, 250 lbs and 200 of it was not anywhere near his belt buckle.
He raised his right hand up under his left armpit, and I don’t think he was reaching for his Lucky Strikes. Do-it-yourself boatbuilding is both very satisfying and often the only way one can realize one’s dreams of having a particular boat. This group of blog posts, The Mini Diaries, starts in October 2014 in Durham NH, at the home of a mate of mine a fellow sailor, home builder par excellence and a fantastic woodworking craftsman, Vince Todd. Inside the hoop shed, even with the temp at 35-40 degrees outside, it is 55 plus on a sunny day. Vince and I discussed the basics of the shed, sizes materials costs, time required to fabricate transportation erection for starters. One of the many features of a Mini Transat boat that attracted me was the basic premise of the boat. 15 or so years later when I was having Wylie build parts of my boat I learned a bit about Smith’s boat. Well before the current crop of Mini’s with their cabin tops and escape hatches, American Express sailed in at least two Mini Transats, winning the 1979 edition. The way Smith and Wylie calibrated the water ballast configuration was very practical and well before the now default standard 10 degree  rule.
The fascinating thing about this boat is that it is still active and apparently sailed in the Mini Transat in 1993. During my afternoon stroll along the foreshore of Fort Adams yesterday I noticed the Alofsin Basin was filling up with boats preparing to sail in the New York Yacht Club Race week. Given that the boats are more or less the same size, with the same general purpose and are Name Brands, after the blow subsided, I wandered around the docks and took these pictures of some of the details and I record my thoughts on same. The 109 is of course a sprit boat thus it does not need a fore guy for the pole whereas the Beneteau is set up for symmetrical kites. The Beneteau has the hatch on the foredeck and this boat uses a double ended foreguy leading aft on either side of the spar. The J109 is nominally mast head with only about 18″ above of mast above the top of the headstay connection. The two ends of the tackle are led forward to the base of the binnacle then up to matching cam cleats and so positioned that the main sheet trimmer can easily adjust them from his normal perch-thus not disturbing anything.
The D2’s on the 109 are adjustable from the deck, a convenient feature for sailing (racing) in disparate locations, so it is easy to adjust the rig settings for light, medium or hard air. The black wrappings are not the usual black electrical tape but rather cotter pins attached to Velcro so the pins can be pulled instantly with no tools and the rig adjusted, quickly, between races even, if the crew is up to it.
On the Beneteau though, the rigging is dis-contiuous and so the terminals for the rigging are aloft making between races adjustment a bit more of a chore. Beneteau 36.7 chainplate terminals are on deck and so require a crew member to go aloft to adjust the rigging, but this leaves a smother, cleaner bottom end of the rigging on deck.
Not only are the boats from different builders and have different ideas about spinnakers but they also use different hardware. For whatever reasons this Beneteau has a 3:1 tackle, towing forward, to the left, in this image. The traveler on the Beneteau is placed on the coamings, making it, I imagine, a bit harder to scramble over to steer, swim or get to the back of the bus. If you are a sailor one of the many great aspects of living in Newport RI, is the wide variety of sailing one can do, sometimes on one day.
I was reminded of this history a couple of days ago by two teenage sailors who were at Sail Newport. I was at Sail Newport about 5:00 to help a mate of mine launch and sail his brand new boat in the local Tuesday night races. Bella arrives at Sail Newport preparatory to the fitting of the racks and stepping of the spars. We went out that (Saturday) afternoon for a sail to see what was going to happen, only broke a couple of things and managed to get her up on a plane back into the narrows of Castle Hill in not much wind. Newport being Newport we passed a boat we knew full of mates including Roy Guay race chair of the Bermuda 1-2, who took a few pictures,  like this one.
Back to the kids: Mark is as keen as I am on the idea of introducing teenagers to sailing on a “Big Boat”—basically something with a keel, winches, life lines etc. Skill and experience in a dinghy is actually a pretty good background for sailing Bella as you might imagine from the pictures.
This day the sea breeze was pretty fresh and so we all knew sailing her was going to be, well interesting at the very least. How to handle a line on a winch, the technique and co-ordination required between the three front positions (including bow man) the sequence for getting a kite up, jib down and gybing, then Jib up and kite down. Well we managed to break the start, foul up the running backstays on the roach & stall a couple of times coming out of tacks but on the other hand we all had a great time and the owners, builders and designers area all very pleased with the boat. Atlas Teknik is a professional manufacturer and exporter of tugboats and some related products.
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In my opinion any anchor than can interfere with any pendant in rough weather has no place remaining on the bow of a boat. The sprit of this boat was literally diving under water as she crested a wave then dove into the trough. I was using my Nikon D-200 that shoots 5 frames per second to try and capture the "moment".
She was prepped for a haul out, hence the sloppy halyards, but the anchors were left on the sprit.
If you were to compare this image to the one with the bow sprit buried into the sea you can guesstimate the arc that the bow was rising and falling. In this picture it is easy to see how the pendant could have grabbed the Delta anchor and ripped it free from the bow during the pitching moments. This was the view of the remaining pendant when I got to this boat the next morning to view the failure mode. This photo shows Orinoco not very far from where she was in the last picture but almost 20 minutes had passed. If you can it may be a good idea to watch your chocks and pendants interact when there is a blow.
It should be noted that these three strand pendant were only about three weeks old at the time of failure. It should also be noted that this boat often suffers from the pendants wrapping the chain but this was not the case in this failure and they failed at the chocks. In this photo the bow of this SINGLE PENDANT Sabre is clearly chafing and impinging on the anchor and this was not an extreme example of pitching.
The worn away varnish is a good example of how much pitching was going on before the pendants got caught in the roller and where the pendants had been rubbing. The vessel in the foreground has pendants that could potentially fail earlier due to high frictional heat build up and increases in chafe potential from the sharp angle over the chock. MIT has studied this at a rather in-depth level and found that pendants often fail from internal heat build up and may show little signs of chafe. Yale Cordage, the makers of Yale Polydyne mooring pendants, are and were designed, with mooring specifically in mind. The bottom line of the MIT study is that straight nylon pendants can fail earlier than polyester.
The longer length of the pendants on the boat in the distance puts less stress on the pendant over the chocks, during pitching moments, and creates less potential for heat and chafe.
Yet another example of how pitching can cause the pendant and anchor to interfere with each other or get snagged on bow sprit or anchor roller. With any more wave height it would be easy for the pendants to reach over the anchor and snag it or get tangled in it and chafe. This anchor is interfering with the pendants in 6 knots of wind, imagine 45-50 knots and the bow rising and falling through an arc of 6-8 feet.. The town of Falmouth mandates top swivels be used but some installers still do not use them. As the boat swings around the mooring, with wind and tide shifts, the chain twists and as a result, it shortens. While swivels are and can be a high wear item they can also easily be over-sized to compensate for wear.
These dual pendants will have a tough time fighting that CQR in a storm, and I would guess the pendants would lose.. This owner seems to recognize that the anchor is an issue so apparently slid the chafe gear down the pendants instead of having chafe protection over the chocks. This is an example of an above ball attachment that has become tangled and wrapped around the chain below the ball. The problem here lies with where the "waist" or "equator" of the mooring ball sits or floats in the water.
If a storm were to come up and this pendant was wrapped in this manner there is a very high likelihood this boat would break free. The owner of this Catalina recognizes the potential problems associated with leaving an anchor on the bow and has pulled it off the roller. While this method may work in 2-3 footers it may not prevent the pendants from grabbing the anchor in 3-6 footers when the bow it pitching up and down wildly.
This boat has ball wrap but also the chain bob-stay could be a potential point for chafe, as could the two anchors on the sprit. In this particular storm I was still moored in Falmouth but I did not consider it a "bad" storm.
Not only can this cause severe wear of the pendant on the chain & shackles but it creates short pendants which have sharp radius bends over the chocks which can lead to or cause earlier pendant failure. This mooring pendant appeared to be brand new that season and evidenced virtually no growth below the water At the point this photo was taken we had not yet had any significant wave or wind in the mooring field.
18-Feb-2016 21:02Ted, Do you have any insight on how to prevent a boat from riding up oh the Mooring ball?
22-Sep-2015 10:47This is a fantastic article but as a complete sailing noob I am not sure of the correct way to setup the mooring pendant. 11-Sep-2013 22:10New England R ope makes a Cyclone Mooring Pendant out of Dyneema STS-12 that solves the Chafe problem.


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When you have your mooring in the water and it is time to put it in position please contact the harbourmaster and make arrangements for it to be placed in an approved location. A mooring, in many cases, is the safest and most cost effective way to leave a boat in the water, whether riding out a storm or leaving it til next weekend. Aside from it's strength, chain acts as a shock absorber: as the boat rides up a wave it uses energy to lift chain weight. The sand abrades the metal over time, making those unseen links near the bottom precariously thin. Proof coil is grade 30 chain, a general purpose chain for pulling or restraining applications.
The grade number used by manufacturers is an indicator toward the ultimate break strength of chain.
This is expressed in newtons per square millimeter (a newton is approximately 0.224805 lbs).
It floats all that heavy chain to the surface, and also increases holding power by absorbing the shock of heavy weather waves and wind. Choose the largest diameter that reasonably fits through the bow chocks and around the mooring bit or cleat for best bet. The prevailing weather is from the west and southwest and so brings the harsh storms blowing up from the Southern Ocean bringing lots of moisture with them. Warren Jones the Man Who Made It All Happen, in 1980 and particularly in 1983, had wanted to keep the boat invisible where possible.
It looked like a Caddie, but with street lamps few and far between here, it was that kind of neighborhood, it was hard to be sure. The one street lamp between him and the tenement was that sickly, anemic yellow color that the lamps down on the ship docks show.
His hat was pulled down low over the eyebrows and the collar of his long black over coat turned up. This time I have the Ranger AND the Mini going into the Vince’s Bush Boatyard Plastic Hoop Shed, albeit with 12 feet of extensions on it to accommodate the Ranger. My Mini had been parked on his property for while and I finally got to the point where I could re-start work on the refit I started a few years ago. Parallel to this is my involvement with the organization of Block Island Race Week, a prominent regatta in the NE of the US.
So first off we discussed the fabrication of a hoop shed to be erected on the grounds of the Newport Shipyard, in of course Newport.
A couple of days later I drafted out on square paper a sketch of the shed, took a few pictures of it with my phone and sent them to Vince as a double check and we agreed we were are basically on track. He had, I think,participated in one of the, if not THE first Single-handed Trans-Pac in possibly 1977. This 10 degree rule common virtually default rule in solo offshore races and boats today and requires that any device that impacts stability of the boat usually water ballast or canting keels is restricted to a maximum heel angle at the dock of 10 degrees. They rigged up a kite pole with a large drum or water carrier of some sort on the outboard end. The Moore 24’s were very popular at the time, well they still are, and so they somehow got a Moore 24 deck, placed it on the top of the Wylie Hull and trimmed it to fit the hull,  glued it on—Job Done!!! It is very cunningly lead forward to either side of the binnacle thence to cleats that the mainsheet trimmer can adjust from his regular perch. While this makes easy to get them on and off, it does leave open the possibility of the blocks falling over during operations.
In this sense Newport is almost exactly like where I grew up sailing in Sydney, Australia, where opportunities for energetic kids to sail on all sorts of boats were legion. One had been practicing in his Laser and the other had been practicing in a J-22 with his team preparing for the Sears Cup eliminations regatta.
The long story will be another post but in short, an earlier boat had been sunk and so they recovered as much gear as they could from it including rig and sails and commissioned Rodger Martin Yacht Design, in Newport, to build them an up-dated version of the boat they lost (a Kiwi 35) underneath the equipment they salvaged. The aft hatch gives access to the back of the bus, the box hatch forward hides the engine, forward and a cooler, aft. He invited me to spread the word for any kids interested in sailing on Bella on a casual basis. She is big enough and powerful enough so that I was able to use the opportunity to teach the kids a few things about sailing on bigger boats. This was a freak wind storm that came from out of nowhere and the winds for that day were predicted to be under 5 knots. If your mooring field has the fetch to build waves that can pitch the bow of your boat enough to impinge on the anchor then it can be a rude & inconsiderate practice to the boaters around you, who may get hit by your drifting boat if you do not remove your anchor when a blow is expected. Some folks actually get it and can visualize the impact their anchor may have on the pendants, but many still don't.
During one of these dives she caught one of the poorly secured anchors, a Delta, that was left on the bow sprit and hooked it with one of the pendants thus ripping it free. It was interesting to note that nearly 80% of the sailboats still in the water on 10-15-2010, in Falmouth, ME, HAD removed their anchors from the bows. We already saw the photos of the bow under water I had to catch this one before it went below a wave to show how the anchor and pendant can become tangled. I wanted to see what Impact the bob-stay had on the remaining pendant and what caused the anchor to come free.
If the storm had lasted much longer this pendant surely would have seen the same fate as the one that parted from chafing on the anchor.
While not my boat I felt a little uncomfortable but asked myself what I would want someone to do for my boat. I was there shooting pictures but never saw her part her mooring, perhaps due to the visibility and how far out in the mooring field she is. I suspect she tangled a string of lobster pots on her running gear, rudder or deep keel thus slowing her drift down.
I am fairly certain that the designers of this anchor roller did not picture what would happen if the bow pitched into the water and a pendant got caught on top of it.
The bow of this Tartan 34 pitched into the sea and picked up both pendants thus breaking the beautiful and expensive teak bow sprit. The owner has added well intended locking bow chocks, and used chafe gear, but I am certain never imagined the bow of this boat pitching through an arc of 6-8 feet and envisioned where the pendants might wind up. The act of the pendants jamming into the bow sprit probably stopped the chafing on this Bruce anchor.
The sharp bend these pendants are forced to endure, while riding over a bow chock, creates a hard loaded spot for heat to develop with little chance for relaxed moments or slight cooling periods.
They feature a polyester jacket, built in woven chafe gear to allow cooling in high storm conditions, and a nylon core is used to allow for shock absorbency and to reduce shock loading to deck gear.
Any chance you have to reduce sharp bends in pendants the better off they will be over the long haul. Make sure your bow cleats are well backed and that the decks are sound in the vicinity of the bow cleats. In a severe storm however the pitching of the bow may still catch a pendant behind the anchor.
While with a CQR you may have some time due to the softer edges you'll likely get little wiggle room with a Manson Supreme.. This boater will surely need to consider something more robust as pendants other than rope to deal with that chain bob-stay in a storm. Even one boat breaking free can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage to other boats as it smashes through the mooring field with no one at the helm. If you have the possibility of a location to set a storm mooring it can potentially save your vessel. This was only a small short duration storm with max winds of 25 knots and the Bruce and pendants are already in contact with each other. You've converted me to butyl tape Do you have any pictures of your mooring pendant set up with the chain and dyneema that you use that you can post? This site is conveniently located near the harbour entrance and has a wonderful western view enabling the home to enjoy Caribbean sunsets. This plot is in a prime west facing position on Jolly Harbor Island and I will take $299,000 for a quick sale. For this reason we feel that you can have confidence booking the holiday accommodation featured on this page.
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For moorings Proof coil, preferably with hot dip galvanized finish, is the most common and economical.
Proof coil is not for overhead lifting or where maximum tensile nor impact strength is crucial. The tensile strength is calculated by multiplying the grade times the area of the two cross sections of a link (see above). For boats with higher freeboard, a mast buoy is a huge help, making pickup easy without a boat hook. I moved the Mini up to the Hinckley Yacht Services yard in Portsmouth preparatory to erecting the shed around her and the Ranger so I can continue The Quest to get the Mini sailing again. Just the two of us, long disciples of the Aussie Battle to win the America’s Cup, the atmosphere was full of expectation. The car had stopped just outside the circle of yellow light drifting down from this lone lamp.
The black of the coat matched the darkness of the street, as though they came from the same bin of blackness.
Slowly, very, very, slowly he unbuttoned his overcoat and pulled the lapels apart, just a smidge. Well it was not actually built in “a home” but largely by me in a variety of locations in New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Is. The Shipyard is much closer, just 2.8 miles from my house and in the center of one of the bright-stars in the world’s boat building galaxy, Newport. He thought that there would be enough sailors who would be attracted by the idea of preparing your own small inexpensive boat for a 3500 mile ocean passage, creating your own weather forecasts from simple tools like a barometer, air and water temp. Following the first Mini Transat, Smith researched the boats and the race and ultimately commissioned local San Francisco Bay sailor and designer Tom Wylie to design him a boat.
The sailed up wind and gradually put more weight on the kite pole that was rigged square to the boats centerline. The displacement of a mini is about 2200 lbs, mainly because they must carry about 1,000 of gear including the skipper.


While I was waiting under a tent for a thunder storm to roll by, I was gazing at each build of boat and was struck by some of the differences and some of the similarities. I have seen halyards get hockles (kinks) this way and also chafed thru the plastic sides of one block when it fell over. Interesting the differences in the mast collars since the spars both come from the same company even though they may have different brand names.
Mark, one of the owners, and some of the core guys in his crew spent the next 6 years building a very nice, very fast 32 foot local PHRF rocket ship in a shed behind Mark’s house. Several of the kids of my acquaintance (I coach a High School Sailing Team)  put their hands up. Island Packet used rod rigging so there was almost zero chafe on the bob-stay as seen in this picture. It feels the same as if you were to melt the line with a lighter or hot melt gun, hard and solid. Unfortunately, I had no spare line to tie it off, and it was not my boat so did not want to go aboard and sleuth.
Her owner, after hours of scouring the shoreline, finally found her off of Portland, miles away. Even with NO ANCHOR on it this anchor roller is a design that really needed some more thought. The poor design of the anchor roller with the high ears trapped the pendant there until the storm was over. Polyester is considerably less prone to chafe failure than nylon but both can fail if heated to melting.
They are the longest lasting mooring pendants I have ever used and each one has a serial number.
Alternatively you can make yourself a polyester or Spectra bridle that you attach to your nylon pendants in a storm.
On my own vessels I have had both long and shorter lengths and the shorter ones always encountered significantly more wear and had to be retired earlier than the longer ones. Short scope with minimal ability to retain caternary, especially in a storm, can literally lift the mushroom or granite block out of the bottom and the boat can begin to drag through the mooring field. If you have a top ball connection the ball should ideally be sized to float just BELOW the equator or waist of it at low tide. Unless your boat is on it all the time however you can always get caught in a freak storm as our boat did back in 2005.
With only one pendant, that had this much wear in mostly benign conditions, could be cause for trouble come bad weather. Can I install another swivel at the top of the ball (to which I shackle my pennants) to prevent this? Your pictures and explanations are fabulous, and so are many of the other articles you have posted. We hope that you'll get a better experience through booking your holiday villa or apartment through our pages as a result. Whenever installing a mooring, it is absolutely necessary to first check with local harbormaster.
Exposure to open sea or fetch allows wave and wind strength to build enough force to drag gear around.
For estimating the mushroom weight, multiply the boat length by 5-10 times as a good rule of thumb. Helical screws driven into sand bottom seabed with a hydraulic tool have superior holding power.
With the longer links, shackles bolts fit anywhere along it's length, whereas standard coil sizes may only fit shackles on end links.
It felt like the beginning of something no one had ever done, beat the yanks in the America’s Cup. So dressed, he was almost invisible outside that weak circle of yellow pinch-hitting for light. In order to start on this decent sized fabrication Vince put the boat in a plastic hoop shed, described below, on his property.
He and I have done lots of miles together double hand on his J-105, Jaded that was destroyed and written off by the insurance co. Wylie also ran a boat building business and so the boat that became American Express was built by Wylie in his shop in, I recall, Alameda on the North side of San Francisco Bay.
When the boat recovered from its un-ballasted angle of heel to one they thought was right, and faster, they measured the amount of water and built the tanks inside the boat to that volume. The “pull down” stability test described in an earlier post  is relatively new but if you look at the first image, on top of a guy up the mast on American Express, in the early 90’s or late ate 1980’s the boat is totally unperturbed by the say 170 pound bloke aloft. And there is space on top of the rudder post for placing a life raft should one sail where one is needed. A couple of weeks ago she came out of the shed and was delivered to Sail Newport, for the fitting of the racks and stepping of the mast.
So last Tuesday the fellow who had been sailing his Laser, who had also put his hand up came with us for a first race. I suspect that when the bow dove into a wave the sprit went below the angle of the pendants and the pendants went over the anchor thus hooking it.
I mentioned it to the guys at the local boat yard, and asked them to add a new pendant or notify the owner, but they seemed to care less. While not immune to chafe or heat issues these pendants are well designed and built to take the abuse. On hard or rocky bottoms, heavy dead weight anchors such as massive concrete blocks are the norm. Pioneered by oil rigs decades ago, sand screws leave only an exposed eye to connect tackle. Steel that is "hot dip galvanized" into a bath of zinc at over 800° yields a very corrosion resistant metal. Stopper rings cut like washers from old tires are a good provision to prevent the shackle from pulling through and crushing buoy core.
The cloud cover was at about 3 feet anyway, so rain or not, everything was wet and the late fall air was chill. The boat is a pretty specialized boat, built for single-handed racing, across the Atlantic. I refer to this venue as Vince’s Bush Boat Yard because he has his own family yacht, an early 1960’s Ted Hood Robin, a 37’ wooden, centerboard yawl that Vince has restored to better than new. As we were getting ready to head out one of the Sail Newport staff came down the dock with the young fellow from the J-22 and asked if we needed any more bodies. Through hurricanes, Nor' Easters and many un-named storms we never lost a boat but many around us did.
This type of heat damage from friction over a chock can also lead to premature failure but the anchor got this one before the chock did.
When the bow rose on the next wave the bungee could not compete against the forces and let the anchor go. Again watching the interaction of your pendants and bow chocks and appendages, during a blow, can come in handy. My parents' boat did circles all night, gouging a chunk out of the front-bottom of the keel.. In general, permanent moorings are designed with less scope than traditional anchors, thus forming a tighter swing radius.
Since a blocks holding power relies on shear weight, dead weight anchors must be significantly heavier than mushroom style.
Along with better holding power, sand screws are less likely to foul, but they're also easy to lose should the gear part.
Chain diameter is measured by the thickness of the wire forming each link, not the opening of the link (link opening measurement is coil size). Grade 43 (aka Grade 40) has higher tensile strength and abrasion resistance and comes with a higher price tag. But even so, wear is unavoidable, meaning you will need to replace any chain after a few years mooring service regardless.
To connect the pennant to chain use an eyesplice around a galvanized thimble and a heavy-duty galvanized shackle.
The dankness and the weak yellow flood lamps reminded me of the first time I saw the rebuilt 12-meter Australia, in July 1979. He not so much looked around, but rather as if he was sniffing the air, taking in the mojo of the scene.
There is his son’s J-24, an Alden motor launch Vince is doing some re-build work on, a skiff under construction in the basement of Vince’s office and various assorted ribs, small sailing boats and dinghies.
In conversation one day Peter remarked that we ought to sail my mini in the DH class at Block Island. Are they expensive in that size, sure, but a LOT less than the hull deductible for my vessel. Density is also a consideration, more concrete is needed than comparably denser cast iron for equivalent weight in water. Newer Hazelett Elastic Mooring Systems also offer amazing forgiveness in extreme weather with their elastic technology, but the gear can be a significant investment. Because tolerances aren't as tight for inconsistencies in link size and diameter with proof coil, the cost is less than precision chain such as BBB for windlasses. Studded link means the wire forming each link also spans across the middle of link opening, making it extremely heavy and strong. Even the best stuff will wear away with time so it's more cost effective to replace less expensive chain frequently.
Quality mooring buoys are made with a hard plastic shell filled with closed cell flotation foam. Some larger, heavy tonnage vessels opt for stainless steel wire pennants for maximum strength and chafe resistance. Weak enough that you feel if you looked at it too hard the light would just dribble away, mingling with the runnels of water covering the ground and and simply extinguish itself.
Motivation is a wonderful thing and Peter’s remarks gave mine a wonderful swing upwards. Anchors left on the bows of boats during rough weather can be a MAJOR contributing factor to chafe as can many other aspects. Except for pages for a minority of clients, your enquiry is not going to a letting agency for all the properties in a region - you are booking direct with the owner . Therefore, a permanent mooring anchor must be significantly heavier than your everyday use anchor. For all the above reasons, the most common chain for mooring use is a hot dipped galvanized Grade 30 proof coil. Well before I got a digital camera I would inspect grounded boats after a storm and when I would pull the remaining pieces of pendant through the bow chock they often lined up with the anchor. Mooring scope from anchor to end of pennant should be at minimum 3 times the depth of water at highest tides. Whenever setting up a mooring for the first time, ask around to find what works best in your harbor of choice. Chafe is often attributed to the bow chocks, which definitely happens quite often, but I have YET to see even one organization, magazine or "expert" talk about anchor chafe. Your local harbormasters will specify type and weight of approved mooring anchors in the harbor. Sad really! ****I am not going to sugar coat it, my goal is to get the town of Falmouth, ME and others to prohibit anchors on bows during periods of rough weather or at least add strong language to deter the potentially dangerous practice.
Hopefully, with the photographic evidence posted here, word will pass around so people remove anchors WITHOUT being forced or asked to. Enjoy!




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