I suggest a sand/mud screw connected to a short section of heavy chain. To this I would attach a pennant of very large "floating" synthetic line, to and the shackle at the bottom, that connects the chain to the thimbled pennant end, I'd put a small float. This would be so small that it just lifts the junction about 2' off of the bottom. (avoids chafe issues)
On the upper end of the 3/4 or 1" pennant, I'd have chafe gear
sewn into the large eye, and 1' or so further down, have a small nylon loop lashed in. This pennant would float on its own at first, but to "mark it", I'd use one of those 1' dia, ROUND orange fenders, "quick clipped" into the nylon loop I'd lashed 1' from the bitter end of the pennant.
Then I would come in and pick up the pennant, float & all, run my nylon "brait" bridle
(or your snubber line) through the pennant eye, and cleat both ends of the bridle
, (or snubber), on deck
Before releasing the snubber/pennant junction back into the water
, I'd unclip and remove the small orange fender
, and store it in an anchor locker
. When going out for a sail, just hook it back onto the small nylon loop lashed on the pennant. BTW... IF you keep the orange float free of barnacles
, you could leave it on there all the time if you prefer, but 6' down the pennant. (Being small & soft, it will do no damage.)
33 years ago, we all had homemade moorings like this in the "Christmas Tree" anchorage in Key West
, and it worked great!
This gets around the serious flaw with HARD mooring balls, of their pecking away at the hull
when the wind
goes light and current
or passing boat wakes push the boat into the "hard" mooring ball. It is especially destructive to plywood
multihulls like ours, when the ball gets stuck under the wing.
Best of luck with it,
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