Your right, single
handed sailors are worth it.
About two years ago, my better half bought me one of these
Mini Hooker Mooring Buoy Retriever Hook C/w Pole
But to be honest, I am ashamed to say, I have never used it. Not that it does not work, but when picking up a mooring
, I run a long line from the bow, outside the guard wires, and down to the cockpit
I'll pick up the buoy from side deck
, where the freeboard is much lower.
On a couple of occasions, I've backed up to the buoy, and then stepped down to the swim platform to pass a line through the ring on the buoy. Once that's done, just a matter of shortening up the mooring rope
, and then rig couple of proper moorings from each bow cleat to the mooring buoy.