John and Daniel,
How are you two using the bowroller when you are on a mooring? Am I confusing an anchoring
with a mooring ball? Here we don't use the bowroller at all except as a last resort. We use it for a "Bahamian mooring" with 2 anchors, or before we grab a mooring (ball). For a mooring ball, we have prepared 2 lines secure at each port and starboard bow cleats
. We then grab the mooring ring and tread either the port or starboard line through the mooring eye and secure it back to the cleat it was tied to, then we do the same thing with the other line.
Now the boat is secure via a bridal and can be adjusted as needed at each cleat. It really cuts down on chafe. As a back up, I tie a third line to the mooring ball and secure that one through the roller and back to the cleat in the anchor locker
, leaving some slack in this line, allowing the bridal to do its job. We have been in some serious storms on a mooring ball (winds in the 45 to 50 knot
range) in the Bahamas
, we have seen many a mooring ball break free. The maintanance on some is questionable, so I dive on the questionable ones to check and secure a line on the chain itself.