Originally Posted by Spoooner
QUESTION: Whats the simplest way to protect a sailboat tied to a tall pier, and please use great detail, as I don't have a vast experience and terminology.
Most of our harbours are above sea level for half the day
(up to a 40' tidal range) so mooring
against a wall not uncommon.
(free?).........new (old ones
) will leave black scuff marks against the hull
- but it will clean up with some elbow
grease (or use / make bags)........ will need something like an angle grinder or powered hack saw to cut rope
holes in the top (and a drain hole in the bottom)......or a lot of patience!, it's not just rubber in there (you don't want rope
score marks against the hull!.........doesn't have to be neat though
.......and on top of those (to make it pretty much bomb proof) a fender board, which can be an old ladder instead of a plank. One thing you want to avoid is the fenders / tyres riding up (from catching on the wall) as she drops - for that the more fendering the better
Should be the case that the mooring
lines won't need adjustment, when set right (esp. making sure they are long enough for the boat to reach the bottom
)....the wider (further forward of the bow and back past the Stern) the better.....depending on where boat located, might want to consider setting the lines so no one can untie them on the dock - and run off giggling........
One other thing to consider is the bottom - firstly that nothing down there that you don't want the boat to sit on (like an old car
or even simply large boulders). If the berth not used for a while may well be that now some slope outwards from Harbour wall - in time your boat will dig own channels on the bottom, but in the interim a bit of weight on the inside deck
(water jugs or whatever) may be a comfort to make sure she settles leaning inwards.
For the first few tides would be useful (and instructive) to watch her settle as well as seeing how she reacts when afloat, especially when other boats moored ahead and / or behind.
Hope that helps - but don't blame me etc etc